2013 has come + gone quicker than i ever imagined it would. uni is all done with now, + in april i’ll officially have a bachelors degree + get to wear a funky cape for a day! i am pumped. before the year was out i’d planned to update this here website with the images of Grad Show + the work i exhibited… here it is, better late than never. for lack of a better name, my work was called “a knock at the door” and portrayed six different family groups in both traditional + less traditional portrayals. i’ll post the blurb i had by the entry to give you a more rounded explanation of my work. it included video + 360 degree spinning portraits alongside more traditional framed prints, a few photo flipbooks, as well as six small books, one for each group, of more personal images, including those made on disposable cameras. i was really pleased with how it all came together in the end, + so proud of my classmates – our exhibition looked so good. here’s the blurb:
Photographs play an important role in every family’s history. They enable us to re-experience memories of the past, and create visual legacies that will continue to tell our story into the future. A Knock at the Door is a project by Rachel Walker that involves photographing families who responded to an advertisement in a local newspaper. The term “family” is continually changing, being shaped by current ideologies. This was taken into account, with a broad range of “families” being photographed, some traditional, others more modern in their composition. The work embodies the photographer’s interest in deconstructing the façade of family to reveal something truthful. The context for this project is significant as the historical perspective allows a better understanding of the photographic subject. While each family is of course unique, families in New Zealand have undertaken a significant change over the last sixty years and the reasons behind this are across society. The role of photography in documenting these families has also changed from the initial studio portraiture offered in the beginnings of photography, and has particularly been effected by the invention and availability of digital photography. The photographer’s interest in this evolution, both in the way it affects the portrait’s final mode of portrayal, as well as the viewer’s experience and connection with it, is evident in the project. Each family was photographed in a number of ways, including a studio session, portraits at their home, as well as their own contributions to the imagery with a disposable camera. The mode of capture was also diverse, including digital, medium format film and video, which reflects an interest in traditional portraiture methods and bringing them forth into modern day families. They are displayed as framed prints on the wall, flipbook portraits, moving image and album-like books, all of which allow the viewer a deeper understanding of each family. A Knock at the Door shows what makes these diverse family groups unique, while also allowing the viewer to draw parallels to their own family life.
and the images: