Unwitting Testimony is an anthology of photographs that explore
an intuitive approach to collecting. A sense of place, the passing
of time and a re-reading of identity are prominent themes in this
work, underpinned by a force of subliminal intent.
A hazy, heather dreamscape is juxtaposed against a symmetrical,
abstract rock formation; tension between two sinuous tree
branches refer to an unknown dialogue. A sense of the recording
of time runs through growth rings and is severalised by a natural
monolithic rock structure. Meanwhile, a mass of golden blonde
hair, soft and alive, is scraped back forcibly with a plastic
tortoiseshell hair clip.
Pink tissued blossom and rose petals suggests withheld-roman
-ticism. This combined with childhood drawings of a ballerina, a
self portrait aged 11 and a first birthday card from his aunt, shows
the re-contextualisation of these works through the act of
collecting; they are highlighted and magnified and pushed further
into a new reading.
Unwitting Testimony is a reference to the hidden histories and
subconscious documentation of a life. Every subject has been
photographed for a reason: sometimes unknown or perhaps
for a future investment. Regardless, we are reminded of the passing
of time and the transience of life, only for these photographs to
provide a reminder of a prior narrative-or perhapss the potential
to accept further portrayals.