I have been investigating the trend in our culture today which requires us to be photo ready and the self obsession this brings with it. Perceived realities are getting somewhat confused with the realities we are likely to experience, as society is influenced by and taking inspiration from sources such as celebrity culture and reality television instead of learning to be true to themselves.
My selfie represents a moment of reflection, breath of reality, a rare half a second of solitude in a society in which we are put under constant pressure to be perfect.
For the majority of us, a satisfied life consists of constant deadlines, constraints, rules, boundaries and a general acceptance that life, sometimes isn’t fair. However we choose to live our lives, we must take time to breath and appreciate what we have and focus on the positive. We must teach this to our children.
I was Inspired by a quote I was given on a 21st birthday card, in 1993
” As you walk through the garden of life, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses”
I have since lived by that advice.
I was born in a city and moved to a rural area many miles away. The one thing I still miss after all this time is the buzz you get from a city centre.
I visited Chelmsford on two occasions and photographed people going about their business shopping, walking to work, queuing or tending to children. There were people chatting and socialising from all generations. I realised that what brings a city to life is the people and this is what I wanted to show in my series of work. I visited the site of the gallery and decided it allowed for art with some detail, as it will be seen by people walking along the path next to it, it is not really visible from the road.
Living in the City of Chelmsford means being close to the action, a place small enough however to maintain community spirit and corners of tranquility.
My series of five artworks were created by using photos taken within few minutes of each other blended to show moments of life in the city highlighting the harmony and tranquility within this thriving community.