Born as Ghosts

image1 My second exhibition at Civic Hall Stanley has now come to an end, and if you didn’t manage to pop in I’ve added a selection of the photos to my facebook page so you can check them out.
I chose the title ‘Born as Ghosts’ from a song by Rage Against the Machine, as it summed up the feeling of the exhibition. The photos that I chose to display were a mixture of both colour and black and white, but unlike my first analogue exhibition, I went completely digital this time.
The theme of the exhibition was a bit looser and harder to pin down than ‘Stanley²’, which focused on mirroring and double exposures. ‘Born as Ghosts’ was dedicated to the unwanted, the abandoned, the obsolete, the uncelebrated things that are in the background of our lives. I wanted to bring out the beauty and nobility that remains in such subjects. This extended from things like derelict shops, to unused coal bunkers, and dying plants.

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The image chosen to represent the exhibition on the poster shows some horse hair tangled in barbed wire. I found it quite melancholy and somehow poetic, and it brought to mind a lyric from the song; “Where home is a wasteland, taste the razor wire.”

One interesting thing I discovered when assembling the exhibition at the venue was how putting certain combinations of photos together gave them a different feel and impact. It’s something I’ll definitely bear in mind when planning future exhibitions.

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For some reason I have a thing for photographing weeds, especially decaying ones. Their colours and textures can be just as beautiful as flowers. I love the delicacy of this picture in particular, with a shallow depth of field giving an eerie feel and the stalk in the foreground resembling a grasping skeletal hand.

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All of the photos were taken in Stanley, on walks and around my allotment. One of my favourite subjects is this creepy looking building I found in a horse’s field on one of my walks, it was approaching dusk when I took the photo and the lighting was perfect to make the building look even more menacing. This shed also featured in Stanley², but looked very different!

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The ‘Born as Ghosts’ exhibition was well received by both the visitors and the venue, and I’ve been asked if I would like to hold a third exhibition in 2016. I’m planning to turn the first two exhibitions into Photobooks and these will be available for sale, as well as individual prints – please contact me for more details if you’re interested.
More details of my photography can be found on my website http://www.helentaylorphotos.com

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