A Fading Landscape

“…. living roots awaken in my head.
But I've no spade to follow men like them.
Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I'll dig with it.”

- Seamus Heaney ‘Digging’

This is an ongoing project which explores the relationship between myself and my rural background, my memories of home and my search to find my place within it at this point of my life.

In the images, there is a direct relationship between my role as a photographer and my family’s world of work (and my rural background) - a delicate and uncomfortable balancing-act between belonging and disassociation. I find myself fully asserting a sense of self, and trying to find a possible lost sense of self. There is a longing to connect, or reconnect, to the place and to the family. Yet, the overriding impression or feeling is one of ‘distance’.