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LONDON, 2017

Had fun photographing Camberwell’s Open House 2017 event last weekend! Workshops included face painting, monoprinting, screen printing, photography darkroom experience and stop motion animation. More photos here.

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lost in semantics

LONDON, 2017
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The limits of my language are the limits of my world – Ludwig Wittgenstein

It is generally assumed that the English language has the largest vocabulary – with around 1 million words. But as many non-native speakers, polyglots and translators will agree, sometimes there is no direct translation to express the full impact of what they wish to say. There is no single English word to capture the meaning of the Norwegian “utepils” (to enjoy a beer outside on a sunny day), or the Japanese “tsundoku” (the act of buying a book and never getting round to reading it), or the German word “kummerspeck” (literally “grief bacon”; the excess weight gained from comfort eating).

Using Tim Lomas’ Positive Lexicography Project as a starting point, I created my own list using words I liked the most or found the most bizarre. These words, taken from languages such as Japanese, Inuit and Tagalog, have very precise meanings and often refer to specific concepts or emotional experiences. While they can often be explained or defined in other ways, the ‘untranslatable’ words fail to translate to a single English word without losing the true depth of their meaning. For this project, I have attempted to visualise these so-called untranslatable words using the cyanotype process.

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mapping the plastic ocean

EARTH DAY, 2017
Mapping Plastic Ocean

 

Each year, an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic enters the ocean.

Plastic entanglement kills approximately 100,000 marine creatures a year, and at least two thirds of the world’s fish stocks are suffering from plastic ingestion. This issue affects all of us.

In honour of Earth Day, I’m sharing a project I’ve been working on with Phillip Job to raise awareness of plastic pollution. This piece (pictured) focuses on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, situated in one of the many ocean gyres. This floating mass of plastic is twice the size of Texas, with plastic pieces outnumbering sea life six to one.

You can read more on Phillip’s website: www.phillipjob.com/oceans.html.

 

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CORNWALL, 2017
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The beginnings of an ongoing personal project about my mum and her suicide in 2010.

 

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