LOOK/13 - My I, Your Me
Exhibition at the Domino Gallery
A smartly dressed man sits cross-legged in an outdoor setting. Our attention is drawn to the sole of his shoe which sports a large hole patched with a page from the Liverpool Echo.
A young bride photographed on her wedding day stands side on to the camera in a classic pose. Her parents stand beside her, their faces removed like text redacted from a secret document.
On a sofa, in an open landscape, a man sits next to himself. At one and the same time he sits back and rocks forward, casting his furrowed brow into open hands.
Bathed in blue light, a man photocopies his own head
What does this all mean?
In some cases we will simply never know.
These are a few of the images submitted in response to an open call for exhibition as part of the Look13 international photography festival.
Drawing on the festival theme "Who do you think you are" we invited individuals to reveal something of their intimate and private selves. We asked for the kinds of photographs they may not ordinarily share on social media sites. Can you give us something else, we asked, can you tell us who you really are?
We were delighted that 27 people responded to the call. Some of the images, like Paul Farrell's photograph of his son Alfie and Rachel Fox's photograph of Majorca present a self-definintion through family and place which many will find easy to identify with. But it's the more challenging shots, like Marc Fraser's, that have the biggest impact.
In a statement accompanying this image, Marc told us
This photo is of my late partner, Helen Walker. As long as I knew her, she had a dream of holidaying in Paris. We achieved that in 2010, and I think the photo taken on the Eiffel Tower shows her satisfaction of the moment, as well as the zest for life she always had, even throughout her long battle against cancer. A few weeks later, she became paralyzed from the waist down and was told there was nothing more that could be done. She finally lost the fight against the disease in June 2011. All in all, it's a very special picture of her for so many reasons, and my submitting it to the exhibition seemed like a very fitting tribute to her.
It's incredibly courageous to share such a personal reflection with strangers. And it is also a great gift. For it is in encountering that which is challenging that we as individuals are most changed. As a viewer it is deeply touching to be trusted with something so personal and so meaningful.
We would like to thank everyone who submitted their very personal images for exhibition.
Exhibition will be open 11am - 5pm from Wednesday 29 May to Saturday 1 June at the Domino Gallery, Upper Newington Street