Weight of History - Balkan Landscape series.
The series uses the process of making an analogue photographic print in the dark room as a metaphor for exposure of a place to historical events: a sort of visible memory. Through over-exposure to light the photographic paper becomes darker. In the Balkan series the work becomes imbued with a sense that something has transpired within these dark landscapes and takes on the weight of these implied historical events.
The images are a departure from photography’s traditional role as a method of recording very definite happenings, and a way of challenging what we hold as significant and examining the process of memory. Such traditional uses of photographic representation can have the effect of de-contextualizing the history of an event by way of focusing on a single image without looking at the larger context.
Through allusion and association the Balkan series attempts to suggest a wider historical context, appealing to the viewer to access their existing visual and historical knowledge to complete the narrative.