In the video below I talk about a few key elements that make up this project.
Don't Be So Short Sighted.
Don’t be so short sighted is set to challenge perceived ideas of a domestic space a kitchen, living room, bathrooms, bedrooms , conservatory, shed photographing everyday items based on the narrative of being visually impaired.
Being sight impaired is to live in a world prioritising people between fully sighted or blind, clear divisions between sight or no sight without understanding those caught in the middle, navigating our way around a world that alienates us, using low vision aids to read, through touch our brains way of processing information, finding our own tools such as colour to guide us. Explaining how I see is impossible. Walking looking down at the ground as I have little downward vision, squinting in effort to see something with no focussing ability, peripheral vision, the line of sight outside the point of fixation that does not allow me the full view of something, people assuming you are being ignorant. A head tilt to the right, my brains way of compensating for my weaker eye meaning photos are never straight, a characteristic I cannot physically change. My projects can be about things I see like colour or those where vision restricts me but none accurately represent my life.
People struggle physically and mentally, my work is aimed at showing how a feeling of negativity can be turned into a positive and to highlight that everyone can draw inspiration to create art. It has been a personal and difficult journey opening up about a part of myself I previously tried to hide, allowing me to grow in confidence, benefiting my own wellbeing. I believe my work and personal narrative should be viewed in a contemporary gallery, hospital or mental health clinic. This work is about understanding a condition out of your control and can still be creative. Despite severe visual impairment I still decided to pick up a camera because of the support from my family. Attaining a degree in photography has made me feel empowered.
I hope this work can be a positive force to drive others struggling with physical or mental disabilities to embrace being themselves and take that creative journey.
This project fits into current contemporary art as it portrays diversity, abstraction and strong colour, a philosophical approach focusing on a point of view, it is about how two people seeing the same object, interpret it differently, images depicting my own reality, its challenges rather than trying to capture someone’s perceived reality of viewing an idealistic domestic space. This is represented in the style of images, shot with a macro lens, my metaphorical magnifier, my 13 cm rule, isolated subject matter. The reasoning being that I view things close up unable to see something as a whole but rather a segment at a time I want my photographs to depict that. It is a representation that no single way of viewing the world is more valid than another. It challenges the apparent reality of a domestic space, what is it supposed to look like. A living room; settees, lamps, pictures on the wall, a fireplace, cushions, to take something so familiar and see it in a completely different way. This body of work asks the question: if you were to see a domestic space from another perspective would you still know what you are looking at?
The image below depicts what this project would look like fabricated in its context.