A derelict house sits by a beck within an overgrowth of trees and nettles; it sits dormant waiting for its owners to arrive…
Built by two farmers, the house was to be given to their daughter on the day of her wedding.
Tragically, the parents passed away before they could hand the keys to the house over to their daughter.
Over the coming years, a family dispute between the siblings arose as to whether the house should be kept in the family or sold. An agreement couldn’t be made and as a result, the house sits vacant to this day.
Today, the house plays host to the local youth seeking refuge for their nocturnal activities.
What was once to be a family home has now become a dilapidated sanctuary.
The project began as a dialogue between photographer, Michael Davidson and the focus of the project, Liam. Through mutual collaboration, they aimed to create a body of work that through photography, would allow Liam to experience its therapeutic qualities.
Picture This is a story about Liam, who through photography discovered a process which has allowed him to be creative within a space, whilst attempting to alleviate the daily struggle with depression and grief.
The images allow the viewer to experience Liam’s world.
Picture This looks at the role of photography within a therapeutic environment. Through the process of taking and viewing imagery, Liam can harness another creative approach which allows him to focus his mind in a positive manner.
In Search of Lost Time
This cathartic process uses narratives through objects and the sense of place. A sensitivity emerges from the imagery; conveying a melancholic yet nostalgic quality within familiar and era-specific interiors.
The aim is to allow the viewer an insight into a frozen moment of personal history, evoking inflections of moments past. The careful consideration of natural light and composition form part of a universal language allowing the onlooker to instil their own memories within a familiar aesthetic.
“Photography arrests the flow of life and creates memorials to moments, persons and objects.” - L. Haverty-Rugg, Picturing Ourselves