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Amanda Sinclair

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My work is predominantly concerned with dream state that occurs within the psychological occurrence of sleep paralysis and post-traumatic stress disorder. This project explores the relationship between the stability of sanity and decline into fantasy, which to the sufferer of this condition can result in hallucinations and insomnia. This series of images are intended to revealan encounter between the subconcious and reality. My work is inspired by a personal history of trauma, which resulted in many years of living with this disorder. In recollection of memories, I created a series of multi-layered images which were able to characterize the aesthetics of often fearful visions combined with a cinematographic presence.

I have chosen to confront this project by creating compositions that embark on well-known tropes and provide a surrealistic characteristic, which generate storylines within each picture. The subject matter of my work is influenced by 19th century gothic literature and artwork. Mortality is the underlying theme and during the process of gathering memories, I included notes I had taken during this period which gave an anchor and balence to the work. If selected, I will include the writing.

This final selection of photographs is a testament to my personal experience which became a strategy in overcoming  a period of traumatic encounter thus resulting in the balance of fine art and theaputic procedure.

Death of Mr Jones
Where the Kites fly
Crooked Crow death
My house has fallen
Shadows of dawn

maria hall

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mature lady alone during lockdown turning to photography to get through producing a visual diary on instagram 

confusion reigns loneliness biting

maria denise hall

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during the pandemic i started out with a covid visual diary on instagram delusarcovid. The first set of images where daily tasks that i took a picture of, for over 78 days. 

during the lockdown following christmas i started out on the double exposure diary.  much more complicated to produce so these were not produced daily.

I also produced my covid characters.  These were produced from film, art, tv, or stories . 

All displaid on instagram and helped me stay focused during a difficult time and gave me something other than the lonliness to focus on.  

Folding clothes - Covid visual diary of daily image from over 78
head in hands or social media - winter and another lockdown confusion and loneliness reigns
the son of man or is it daughter of women from covid characters based on the art son of man
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mature lady using photography as a hobby to navigate the lockdowns, providing something to focus on, research and achieve other than the lonilness of spending around 6 months alone.

Jelena Rasevska

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I am Jelena, an artist, painter located in  Bristol, UK. For many years my journey into the art world has been connected with realism, but the last year I started to explore abstract expressionism, especially action art or spin art. Inspired by Alfons Schilling's and Damien Hirst's artworks, I have created my spin machine.

Using a simple rotary tool, I started to create rotary action paintings.  I was exploring the paint fluidity, and this process interested me greatly. There were several reasons for this. Firstly, the spontaneous flow of paints. As a result, the finished painting cannot be repeated and cannot be done manually. Secondly, this process raised many philosophical questions about understanding what art is, in general, its creator's role in it and the connection between technology and the artist. 

At the moment, all my creative activity is focused precisely on rotary paintings and drawings; it became my daily life. This seemingly simple action and a simple way of painting is an unending source of questions that are stretched like a thread through all art. For example:

  • What is a painting?
  • What is art?
  • What is talent, and does it exist at all?
  • What exactly makes a painting?
  • What makes painting's value?
  • Whose responsibility is to make sure that artwork "speaks"?
  •  If a painting was made with invisible paint, would it still be a painting?

Every time I dig deeper, I am getting involved in asking more questions and finding answers, which is incredibly inspiring.

 I have to mention that not the result and the finished painting is important but also the process of painting, which becomes a performance piece, the birth of a painting. To watch my painting videos, please follow me on social media:

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSgIetEh-Mzd97gqcH8-KBg

Instagram: elen__rush

TikTok: elenrushart

"Great explosion", acrylic on paper, 2020. One of the rotary action paintings. Full process video is available on Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20dY4CcjMT0

Clare Hannan

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Coronavirus-19 has turned the world upside down. It's been a year of struggle and heartache. Londoners are currently enduring a third lockdown as the virus strikes down thousands of people a week and leaves millions out of work, housebound and home schooling in a cold, grey winter. Then the snow came. For one brief shining day, it snowed and the city was transformed into a winter wonderland. The sound of laughter and chatter as adults and children came out to enjoy making snowmen and sledge down hills, and the joy of walking through a bright and magical alternate reality was the antidote we all needed. I've always marvelled at how snow makes everything beautiful; how it changes the landscape and makes the ordinary extra-ordinary.

Then the Snow Came
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Hannan Images is a London based photography business that specialises in event and portrait photography.

Lucy Purrington

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Dyslexia folds my words in a clumsy way, self portraiture photography offers me a more precise language of expression. It is a medium that I can use to externalise and transform my struggles with mental health into something tangible and relatable. 

A lot of my self portraits include the natural landscapes around where I live in South Wales. Photography is a great excuse to go for a hike and scout out places. That’s an essential part of my process and it’s really good for my mental health and well-being. I’ve unknowingly built that element of adventure and exploration into my work and I’m always trying to find new locations and use what’s around me.

Then the pandemic and multiple lockdowns happened. My routines, as with everyone else’s, were impacted by this. Staying at home restrictions meant that I didn’t venture out, it wasn’t safe. This massively impacted everyone’s mental health. 

When restrictions were eased, this image was created. Each figure is 2 metres apart. Each figure is one photograph of myself, shielded from view with a black cloak. I didn't really think about the relevance of that at the time. Stood in the mountain top landscape, I performed a routine of taking two large steps backwards away from the camera and pausing to press my remote control to capture an image.

I guess the 2 metre rule is ingrained in the subconscious.

This is a black and white landscape photograph of a flat, barren grassy landscape which meets a clouded sky around halfway up the image. On both the right and left hand sides of the picture are ghostly figures in black stood facing the camera. They leave a gap of around 2 metres between them. Behind these two figures are rows of other black cloaked figures that stand still, also facing the camera. These rows trail off into the distance and end where the landscape meets the sky. At the very end of the rows, they are mere black specs.

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