Working with found footage, my practice in moving image is focused on the analogue process of working with and using celluloid film. I strip the film back to its elemental aspects of light, colour and sound, sometimes in a physical manner and in others I simply highlight them within existing structures. Crucially, I go in search of the 'essence' of the analogue process, to understand the importance of the experience of these specific analogue processes (and indeed on a generalised level). The essence of the analogue can be found between these layered elements of light, colour and sound. Therefore, my practice grounds itself within the understanding of surface, what forms that surface takes and then how one moves between the various layers to find what holds those individual aspects together.
In my photography, I work solely with black and white film, both medium format and 35mm. My photographic endeavours are intertwined with those in moving image as they too are underpinned by analogue and traditional processes. Developing my own film enables me to have complete control over the images that I make, from loading the film into my camera to hanging and drying the developed negatives, and beyond. Making photographs with celluloid film means that I am able to be closer to what I capture, because in its native form the scene still maintains a physicality even though it has been transformed by the lens of the camera. The limited nature of the film itself being only 36 or 12 frames long means that there is a greater need for consideration of the construction of the imagery. My approach to making photographs is underpinned by what I have learned through practicing Street Photography. I don't work within a studio environment as I look for the natural assemblage of light, shadow, form and the presence of other individuals; these elements are what I make my images from, similar to my approach to moving image.
Collectively, my work in both areas focuses on analogue processes based in celluloid film with a focus on the areas between the surfaces in and out of view.