‘Voices’ conveys a tale of traumatic events, questioning how the past experiences of a person suffering with mental illness influence her/his perception of reality. Based on the theory that we invent reality to suit our emotional state, I have considered how photographs may be viewed, re-contextualized and reconstructed to fit within a personal narrative. This complements the theory that the things we see are not defined solely by what is on the retina, but also by memory, experience and what we believe to be true. I employed three strategies while creating this work; Photographs made during my youth act as a metaphor for the fragility of memories from adolescence, which continue to influence how we perceive reality in adulthood. Found images signify how events witnessed outside our immediate sphere find their way into our memories, as if they actually happened to us. These images, contrasted with photographs made recently, suggest that earlier life experiences influence our understanding of the world.
Richard studied business and sociology at degree level before dedicating more time to his primary passion, which is photography. He completed a Higher National Diploma in photography and also holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in photography. His work has been exhibited at venues across the UK and Ireland.
His practice expands upon his interest in the psychological, philosophical and contextual aspects of Art, particularly in relation to photography and this inspires him to explore the diversity of attitudes and perspectives, which exist within humanity. His photographic work examines the complexities of the human psyche and the political issues that impact vulnerable sections of society.