Sunday, April 19, 2009

A New Beginning And A Project Finished.

Cor, blimey (as we Brits like to say), it's been a lot longer than I thought since I last posted something, and I am somewhat embarrassed that I have let months go by without comment. So first things first, I am very glad indeed that spring has finally put in an appearance. It feels late this year and here in Warwick, the trees are only now showing signs of bursting into life. New life, daffodiles, hyacinths, green grass, puppy dogs and calves. I love this time of year. I know it's a cliche but it does herald the winding down of the old and the beginning of new things, new projects, and creative endeavours.

And with that in mind, this month finds me having completed my photographic project that has been on the go for the past six months. I have titled the project 'I Am My Body'. There is the final edit still to come where I will whittle 25 images down to about 15 but all the images have been made. The prints are printed on 16 x20 Ilford Warmtone semi-matt paper, and toned in gold. I will be presenting the final portfolio on May 2nd to the rest of my class, and a few people in the field, after which I will begin the hard work of trying to get the work seen in the hope of getting some sort of exhibition. I am very proud of this work. It encapsulates everything I have been attempting to explore about the body and my disability over the years. I will leave you with a small sampling of the work and my statement as I go off to ponder new and wonderful explorations in photography


This project has evolved from living in a disabled body all my life, leading me to explore the relationship between my own awareness of being, and the way others may perceive me as a disabled woman.

I am particularly intrigued by the paradoxes these images reveal: the sense of awkwardness my body has in motion coupled with a gracefulness that is both unexpected and beautiful. By placing myself in front of the camera, I am finally giving the viewer permission to stare at my body, in the hope that it forces a shift in attitude, and questions society's perceptions about difference and the 'ideal body'.

All images © Claire Gilliam


Gwynne said...

These are just as stunning now as they ever were. They are timeless. And incredibly beautiful. I hope to see all of them, I can imagine the prints are stunning!! They remind me of Francesca Woodman (one of my personal favorites!).
Good luck with finding a venue for them. I don't think it'll be hard, I think a lot of people would be interested in showing this work.

Claire Gilliam said...

thank you Gwynne. Its been exciting working on them, and it feels great to see them fully realised.

lynchart said...

Good luck on your critique!

lynchart said...

Good luck with you critique! Looks good!

lynchart said...

What camera aperture and f stop did you use?
Just curious.

Claire Gilliam said...

I shoot with a Hasselblad, typically with a wide aperture around F2.8.
The review was amazing! Just had word from ICP that we'll have an exhibition in the fall!