I have worked over two years with patients of Swansea Bay University Health Board, whose lives have been significantly altered by a major life health event. The original project aim was to produce two portrait photographs with each subject. One that represented a self-image before the life event, and one that represented their current self-image. Then the Covid 19 pandemic happened.
I had just completed most of the second photos when we all went into lockdown. I myself was shielding and decided to pause the project to see what developed. A year later, I approached all the subjects and asked if they would be willing to help create a third photo. I felt that the pandemic was such a significant life event for us all; I had to include a third photo that responded to the change.
Each set of three photographs is presented as a triptych and explores the question “Who Am I Now?” The choices of content and composition were developed in creative co-operation with each portrait subject. This collaborative approach provided the opportunity to explore a multi-layered representation of self, conveying several concepts, whilst assimilating documentary and abstract approaches where appropriate.