Places My Father Exists, 2012-2015

Interview with Aesthetica magazine:

 

A: A photograph from your series Places my Father Exists featured in Issue 60 of Aesthetica. Can you explain the idea behind this project?
SC: This project built a new relationship with my Dad. It was an attempt to understand his sense of isolation in the culture that I was adapting to and that he felt reluctant to adapt to. I wanted to photograph the places where he felt comfortable and the places he spent his time in, and how that could reflect his sense of detachment.

A: Places my Father Exists centres around your dad, do you like to produce work based on personal experience or the people around you?
SC: I think that anything anyone creates is inherently personal. I don’t believe I will always make work about people around me, nevertheless, my work will have something to do with my experiences.

A: Your images also consider space, how do you set up your photographs to express this?
SC: I made my last two projects on a Mamiya RZ which is a relatively heavy medium format camera, which you have to use on a tripod. The nature of the camera makes the process quite slow, but this allows you time to consider the composed frame, the lighting and what you want to remove from the frame. In addition, there is also, in the case of Places my Father Exists, the need to wait for the subject (my dad) to feel comfortable and become a part of the space. I chose to photograph his house, work, van and the corridors he walks through everyday because they are a part of his daily existence. The core of this project comes from cultural displacement and feelings of nostalgia to the notion of belonging and home. I think the mundaneness of these impersonal places show a feeling of detachment from where he is.

A: Which photographers have inspired you?
SC: For this project I was inspired by cinema, in particular Sofia Coppola’s 2010 film Somewhere.