Dave documented ‘Babies Graves’ between 1995 – 2000 at Everton Cemetery in Liverpool. The five-year project captured the city’s accumulative grief after Hillsborough, Jamie Bulger, the Dockers dispute and revelations of local hospitals 'unofficial' child post mortems. The work offers an alternative perspective to the Tourist Board’s ‘Beatles centric’ European Capital of Culture bid 2008.
Esther is an artist who works in a variety of media, regularly with photography. Sakura (cherry blossom), is a project that was developed in Tokyo and Kyoto in spring 2005. Cherry blossom are an important symbol of national identity for the Japanese - this project documents the response to the arrival of the cherry blossom in spring from an outsider’s perspective. A London counterpart to this series was photographed earlier this year.
Nicola’s background in documentary photography and shooting film stills has taken her on assignment around the world. Her main focus now however is her fine art practice with a recent three person show at Photofusion, publication in Next Level magazine, and an upcoming show at Trace gallery next year. Presently she is producing a body of portrait based work titled The Prayer Project, which will show in London next year.
Project ‘Letter M’ (working title) is an on-going investigation of the idea of portraiture and sets out to represent people beyond the surface of their appearance. Can a portrait express and contain both the sitter and the photographer at the same time? This body of work is a taxonomic archive of values using text and images from the photographer’s back catalogue as a visual exchange - a meeting point of the photographer and the photographed. The result is a series of portraits build from sequences based on lists of peoples’ favourite things beginning with a letter “M”, an anthology of collective and individual value systems that inspire a further contemplation on priceless, but often under-appreciated elements of our life. The Four Corners Photoforum presentation will be the first public display of this body of work.
Hierophany is a theological term meaning the visible manifestation of the divine. This project asked atheists and agnostics what, for them, constitutes a Hierophany. Leah Gordon interpreted and photographed the replies to produce a narrow and incomplete lexicon of the divine through the eyes of non-believers. The work is presented as a lightbox installation in conjunction with a booklet containing all the documentation of the project.