Cambridge School of Art

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Nicola Naylor
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Artist statement

Time’s Relentless Melt

‘All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or things) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt’ Susan Sontag, On Photography, 1971

Through my understanding of the photograph’s ability to capture moments that will eventually be lost to the past, I have created a body of work that appreciates the unspectacular moments of the everyday.

Due to my constant awareness of my own mortality I photograph to express my appreciation of life and of those closest to me. My images explore the human as an organic form and express the fragility of this condition.

I have used the camera to capture moments that become a translation of my own perception of life. These images are as much about me as they are of the people and places depicted. I have captured my subjects in self contemplation and I welcome the viewer to enter into that same condition.


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