I’ve been feeling something of a creative block recently with unedited (personal) images pilling up and needing attention. Hopefully it’s finally lifting and as the teaching year winds down towards the summer I’ll find a creative burst! For the moment here’s a screenshot of a partly processed image from Aprils trip to Cyprus
In British culture we seem very averse to showing emotion or embracing and remembering that part of our life – death.
On this topic, one of my university lecturers spoke of a time she was asked to photograph a Sikh funeral. Despite her reluctance and the families persistence she eventually did. The purpose was not to document a families pain but to celebrate the life of the departed.
I feel British funerals, whether they’re agnostic or Christian, are not yet at the point of being open to the presence of a camera at a funeral.
Today we say farewell and lay to rest Joan Stevens. Joan, being my wife’s nan who practically raised her, was also my children’s last surviving great grandparent. Being something of a hobbyist florist, my mother-in-law wanted to prepare the flowers. This became a family occasion and a chance to start celebrating the life we will gather to remember later today.
Over recent weeks I’ve been increasingly making Art Photobooks using a range of my previous projects. This is the fifth one so far, printed and ready for binding.