Class of 2021 Exhibition

Emotional Fragility

Rebecca Gandy

Art Direction, Photography

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These portraits represent the unseen side of me. Throughout my third year of BA study I have encountered many difficult challenges, not least world restrictions but also family illness, in turn this has had a significant impact on my mental health and well-being. I used this project as a form of self-reflection, to get to grips with my issues and begin a healing process. The photographs make use of dramatic light and shadow in order to place greater emphasis to the emotion present. Each image is a documentary style form of photographic which helped open a door of healing.

Work illustration
Work illustration
Work illustration
Work illustration
Work illustration

Rebecca Gandy

I predominately work in the photographic medium, opting for film photography above all. This is not to exclude occasional experiments in digital photography and representative drawing. My artwork most often depicts nature and the human form. Being a very socially outgoing person has helped to support my love in photographing people, often using loved ones around me in my photography. Work in a particular artistic discipline will regularly influence my work in another, generating new creative avenues to explore. Previously, I have worked closely with light in photography, looking into light trails and long exposure. This has helped to generate ideas for my most recent work which explores the influence of shadow and light, and the impact that such qualities have on one’s emotions. I produce my artwork for personal release. I find that photography helps me escape the stress and worry of day-to-day life. Striving for perfection helps me grasp the realities of life and the difficulties that come with it. My artwork endeavours to describe the love I have for my surroundings and is produced to allow other people to share that love. The human form in my photographs often portray raw beauty, emotionally and physically. In this creative journey I am conscious to involve my audience to help them engage with the expressive quality I am looking for in the image. My technical approach is not unique, however the length of time used to evolve the image is a large part of that creative process. Much of my time after taking the initial photograph is spent developing in the darkroom. Watching an image reveal itself whilst in a chemical process is something I find truly magical. After developing my work, I often take time to convert physical photographs into digital, scanning imagery so that it can be shared with a wider community. However I do love the fragility and uniqueness of having images exclusively on film.