Portrait Salon

Carly Clarke

Reality Trauma

Carly Clarke’s self portrait (below) was selected for Portrait Salon 2013 and is from her work ‘Reality Trauma’, a self-portrait photographic series she produced in March 2012 when diagnosed with stage 4b Hodgkin Lymphoma, a rare cancer and with a large tumour inside her right lung during her final year of a BA photography degree at Middlesex University. The portrait below is Carly on her last day of chemotherapy.

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‘While I was overwhelmed with chemotherapy treatment for 6 months and the idea of possibly dying, I felt a necessity to record my journey and document my life as it changed so drastically. This led to examining not just myself, but the whole of life’s meaning on many levels. My body became a shell, limited in movement, filled with pain, while I could do nothing but hope and wait for every treatment to end. The image of who I thought I was became unfamiliar, almost alien, losing my hair and so much weight, unable to recognise the reflection in the mirror, which I avoided at all costs. The hospital staff and doctors became like a family to me. I put my trust in their hands through every biopsy and every significant event that required me to surrender to all that was beyond my control. My identity felt crushed, yet I didn’t mind because I knew this perception of a helpless human being was not really me, for inside I was strong, determined and hopeful, and utterly terrified.’

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‘My life slowed down to concentrating on getting through each moment, drug to drug, endless exams, giant needles, biopsies drilling deep into bone, tubes down my throat, and hoping for some day, the pain to end. A plastic line inserted to my heart fed sickening but healing medicine through my arm, trying to kill the cancer but taking my strength with it. The cure is as dangerous as the disease, and chemotherapy takes one to the very edge of life. Rapid downhill weight loss was, the most visible threat, and my skeleton became more visible by the day, a reminder of each precious pound lost. The powerful pain killers pushed my fragile life boat even further from the shore of what was once life, nauseating and bending every sense, but I held on. Will I live through this? I did not know.’

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‘A meditative focus on the small things that mattered really helped. I found much comfort talking to those in hospital of similar experiences, and spending time with family and friends.  Those moments can best be recalled through the use of a single memorable photographic image.  Nothing but a photograph can take me back to my time with cancer, that moment in its entirety, as if I were there again, re-living the sensations, the feelings I felt and the fears I held in my mind.’

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‘These photographs evoke some painful memories for me; however they also remind me of the huge capacity of my own human body to endure through such hellish times. My body, mind and soul were tested to the ultimate ends unimaginable and I experienced life on an unbound level. This self-reflective collection of images gives only glimpses into that time but my hope is that the audience can see not just the horrifying aspects, but also the promise that being a survivor of cancer gives and the tremendous hope for others facing a similar condition.’

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‘Traumatic times can be reflected upon as lessons in survival that awaken us to cherish the subtleties of everyday life and our reality that can so easily be taken for granted. The immense persistence, willpower and courage we as human beings possess when required to is sometimes overlooked. We do not give ourselves the credit for fighting some of life’s toughest battles. This period in my life, is evidence that no matter what life throws at us, we can get through it, even when words cannot explain who ‘we’ are anymore, why we are here or even what has happened to us. We are more than survivors; we are more than we think we are and capable of anything if we believe in ourselves and push those boundaries beyond limits visible. What makes us important as human beings is being able to evolve and become and to create anything in this lifetime. We must allow ourselves the credit we deserve, and see beyond the ‘now’, because anything that we believe we are now, in this very moment in time is temporary, for we are always changing and becoming something else.’

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‘Change is the biggest part of our identity, of who we think we are, and my ‘self-portrait’ is a portrait of a person I perceive that I am, but only in one moment in time, and not necessarily the next. This work is a collection of moments and identities, as is the practice of photography.’

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Carly Clarke is a British documentary and portrait photographer who works in medium-format photography. Documenting in a creative, cinematic style, her work looks at social issues that might otherwise go unnoticed. Storytelling through the voices of subjects she photographs is key to her work.

She has recently completed her MA in Photography and previously BA (Hons) in Photography at Middlesex University, London.

carlyclarkephotography.co.uk

@ClarkeCarly

James O Jenkins

Giuseppe Lo Schiavo

Ad Vivum

Giuseppe Lo Schiavo’s portrait (below) was selected for Portrait Salon 2013 (and used on the back cover of our publication) and is from his work ‘Ad Vivum’, a photographic series that translates from Latin as ‘to that which is alive’.

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‘I have imagined this photographic series as a journey with no space-time boundaries , a bridge that links the Flemish painters such as Vermeer, Jan van Eyck, Robert Campin and even Tiziano, Antonello da Messina with digital photography; an amalgamation of the classical aesthetic with a modern medium.’

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‘I wanted to create portraits without explicit time references, chronologically uncertain. In these images, warm and cold colors coexist which are diffused and distributed through the subjects – in a similar manner as in the pictorial portraits – creating sculptures, motionless subjects, smooth and stiff like marble.’

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‘The Latin name ‘ad vivum’ is taken from the engravings that some painters inserted under their paintings in order to specify that the painting was painted live.’

Giuseppe Lo Schiavo was born in Italy and now lives and works in London. He studied Architecture at the University of La Sapienza of Rome and specialized in Architectural 3D Visualization. He has exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery in London, The Aperture Foundation in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art of Acri in Cosenza, Mixer Gallery in Istanbul and in galleries in Rome, Turin and Munich and Miami. He has also presented his work at art fairs such as Contemporary Istanbul, SCOPE Art Miami, The Affordable Art Fair Milan and Paratissima.

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Instagram: @giuseppeloschiavo

Adam King

Chip Off The Old Block

Adam King’s portrait of ‘John’ (below) was selected for Portrait Salon 2014 and is from his work ‘Chip Off The Old Block’, a photographic series about father figure influences in his life.

 

 

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John

‘This body of work has been an explorative journey into male roles that have featured throughout my life.  Some of these father figures have been an influence across informative years of childhood or have given further guidance into adult life. The project’s origins started with a construction worker I met in the summer of 2013.  Liviu, a Romanian migrant, was working and living in the UK after moving with his family from Spain.  Working alongside Liviu I got an insight into a man that seemed to be the opposite of what some media representations had labelled him or his culture.  The man I was working with was an educated, sensitive, religious and caring man whose main ambition in life was to provide for his family.’

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Lalo

‘My project took a change of direction when it was suggested that I look further into myself than into the subject I was documenting.  The very notion of documenting another’s life, one which could be deemed the life of a minority, and of hot political debate, could have aroused suspicion of my agenda as a photographer, rather than the project’s subject.’

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Paul

‘Recognising what I admired about Liviu I used this as a catalyst to search into my childhood and specifically that of the father’s role throughout those formative years.  Having a far from linear but also, far from abnormal upbringing, I discovered that these fatherly role models were either given to me or chosen by myself.  Even to this day I have surrounded myself with father figures to guide me into my adult life. The photographs in the series are an examination of not only the individuals and their environments, but also my relationship to those individuals when sitting side by side.  The subtleties of body language may indicate the condition of those relationships, however no intentional references were made to highlight importance or significance to either of the subjects.’

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Mick

‘This series has also been a confirmation of my continuous search for portraits of males.  Discussions of projection into those I seek to photograph will continue to be of importance in my photographic practice.’

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Cliff

Adam King is a British photographer, who graduated from the University of the Creative Arts, Rochester in 2014.  Adam is currently living and working in London and continuing to practice his personal projects. The majority of Adam’s images are a subtle observation of the community around him who inhabit a workplace, social space, or presumed isolation. His interest in masculinity combined with the life he had before photography is often embedded and referenced in his images, however the path his work takes him on is the leading narrative.  Adam’s signature is his portraiture and he is predominantly an analogue photographer, preferring the process and the relationship it can construct between him and his subject.

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@kingadam82

James O Jenkins

Rory Lewis

The Northerners

Rory Lewis’s portrait of Sir Ian McKellen (below) was selected for Portrait Salon 2014 and is from his work ’The Northerners’, a photographic series about well known faces from the North of England.

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‘If I was to achieve my goal I needed to produce a body of work that was unequivocally what I wanted to do, and this would help me to attract the attention of magazine editors and photography agents. I decided that the best way to proceed would be to set myself a project, and being someone who was born and bred in the north of the country the idea of celebrating others who had their roots in this part of the world came to me’

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David Warner

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Paul Barber

Rory’s ‘Northerners’ is a collection of over 100 portraits featuring a cross section of Northern celebrities, sports personalities, actors, politicians and people encountered.

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Brian Cox

The Northerners toured the UK being exhibited at Calumet in Manchester, London, Bristol and Birmingham during 2014/15. Money raised from the exhibition was donated to UNICEF.

Rory Lewis is a portrait photographer based in Liverpool.

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Benjamin Haywood

Uckfield Matters

Benjamin Haywood’s portrait of ‘Karen’ (below) was selected for Portrait Salon 2014 and is from his work ‘Uckfield Matters’, a photographic series about his hometown of Uckfield in East Sussex, England.

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‘We’d had dinner and I was in the garden with Karen and her son TK playing with their dog Archie. I took Karen’s portrait there whilst the sun was going down. Karen doesn’t much like having her picture taken.’

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‘It is a part of a sweet tale of suburban, middle class Britain centred around the town of Uckfield. A body of work that is ongoing, Uckfield Matters depicts a town that is – all at once – awash with nostalgia and intimacy, introspection and distance. Central to the photographs is a sense of place, memory and belonging. It is a survey of the contemporary suburban landscape.’

Lady with her bag for life

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‘Uckfield is my home. I like to photograph there because it is comfortable for me and I know the people there. Part of my work is about understanding what draws a person to photograph something.’

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Ian

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‘I am fascinated by the transformative power of photography and art. I am not very interested in photographing, for want of better words, exciting or beautiful things. I am much more interested in taking completely, undeniably ordinary subject matter and making it exciting and beautiful.’

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‘Uckfield is about contemporary everyday life. It’s about how we live, where we live, who we are.’

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Hart Close, Uckfield

Benjamin Haywood received his Batchelor in Photography from the London College of Communication in 2014 and works as a freelance photographer and artist on a range of more and less dignifying projects. ‘Uckfield Matters’ continues to evolve and reshape. Other projects about other subjects are coming up too.

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@benjaminhaywood

James O Jenkins