Claret is a very intimate and personal project that I am using in response to suddenly losing a close friend. The composites use my own family archive photographs as a base to create new images, alongside ones I shot as I was trying to cope with the grief and subsequent feelings.
I consider the idea of loss by digitally cutting out subjects. They are rough and harsh cut outs, mainly to symbolise someone being ripped out of your life. Crude for a reason: the raw feeling of grief, it is something that’s unpleasant, unnerving and uncomfortable to confront.
The inner images in earlier composites, originally came from when I shot macros of nettles, thorns and so on. It was rather cliched but I decided that despite them being something that hurts you and viewed as something bad.. they were still beautiful too. I decided to take the negativity and created beauty from it.
So far the response has been incredible.
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