We are Chris and Lucy. We are forty. This is forty.
Chris D.O.B = 12.06.78 Lucy D.O.B = 02.06.78
With the upcoming launch of the first twenty images from my 'Forty' project at the Saltaire Festival this year, I wanted to officially release the first image from my collection.
Drawing upon several influences, including Carl Jung's 'The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious'; he believed that universal, mythic characters—archetypes—reside within the collective unconscious of people the world over. These universal primordial images and ideas, or archetypes, manifest into a set of shared beliefs, ideas and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society.
I too likewise believe that I have been influenced by multiple streams of iconography, imagery, historical stories and fables, characters and ideas, and have formed my own style of conceptual portraiture - namely, Shychetypes. Each individual portrait is conceived from the answers each 'model' relays to the forty questions I ask them in an interview. I draw upon my own imagination, their experiences, my fantasies, and notions of archetypes to create their own unique Shychetype.
This first Shychetype portrays Chris and Lucy Hall as they are now, at the age of forty in 2018. I hope the potency speaks for itself.
In their own words:
"About two and a half years ago, I started suffering mental health problems completely out of the blue, which I never had anything close to suffering anything before, and that was very difficult to deal with. Partly because up until then that just wasn't me. Having to admit that I couldn't cope and having to ask for help from friends, families, work... was definitely hard. And it has completely changed mine and our lives."
"For better for worse, in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer,' that means something, you have to keep communicating, and you have to keep supporting each other even when everything changes around you. Love is sticking together, no matter what life throws at you... and focus and work on what you have in common... to support your loved one and that's the right thing to do. I'm so glad I did because my husband feels really well supported, he knows how much I love him because i've been there for him through that and we're definitely an even stronger team now than we were before."
So proud that I am launching this on 'World Photography Day'. :-)
Please come and support the exhibition launch at the Holding Space
in Saltaire on Friday, September 7th, 7-9pm.
See you there. :-)