Reflecting on the style of working developed over the duration of this degree course, which has tended to focus on the abstract, ways have been sought to make images which convey the photograph’s ability to endow the ‘everyday’ with a sense of the significance which can come from relating objects to incidences in our lives. The periods spent in lockdown have, for many, created rituals and observations which will far outlast the current situation. Looking to further illustrate this idea use of light, shadows and reflections within the compositions has been made, suggesting that different perspectives of life can imbue objects or experiences with meaning over time.
Taking inspiration from the still life work of Wolfgang Tillmans’ ‘Burg’ and Peter Fraser’s ‘Ice and Water’ and looking to take pleasure from the aesthetic qualities of the mundane in a Kantian sense, the images document details of life as it has been lived during this time of isolation and uncertainty.
In some ways they also represent the experiences of many other women who find themselves at the mercy of the decisions of others. Research into homeless and domestic abuse charities quickly reveals the ways in which women can quickly find themselves living in insecure circumstances with little recourse to improve matters. Martha Rosler’s ‘Bowery’ work was of interest in the way that she depicted the homeless by their absence from images as well as Anthony Hernandez’s ‘Landscapes for the Homeless’. The absence of the human figure in these images is an indication of isolation and independence and yet showing that there has been activity.
The restrictions of the Covid pandemic as well as fluctuating personal circumstances have forced limitations on the work, causing a disjuncture in the narrative. The scope of the images is therefore necessarily quite small and focused on the domestic and natural environments which are available. However, it is felt that this restrictive nature is appropriate to the prevailing contemporary conditions.
Rachel Fielding is a Berkshire based photographer whose work expresses her interest in still life both in a domestic and environmental setting.
Having come to photography later in life she brings a reflective and contemplative aspect to her work. Her practice also incorporates elements of other disciplines such as sculptural and textile work which have been of interest for many years.
Having completed a Degree in Photography at Farnborough College of Technology she is looking at working independently to further her practice and widen her knowledge and capabilities.
She has exhibited her work locally, producing work for a Local Authority initiative as well as working collaboratively on fashion and beauty briefs and promotional projects for some local events.