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Abby McLean
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Lorenzo Viturri’s ‘Dalston anatomy’ is a project that was presented at the Photographer’s Gallery on the 25th July to 19th October 2014. Dalston’s Ridley Road Market inspired this exhibition; he used the community’s market stall to create pieces of art from the left over fruit and vegetables and took photographs of them. He also connected with the people in the community and they were included into his work.
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Looking through old Family photographs made me realise how much my life evolved around the countryside (the peak district). A lot of the photographs taken of me and my sister were photographed in the countryside. We would regularly go out and about, i feel like this has made me become very passionate about nature and surrounding myself with it. Me and my family are extremely close, even now me and my sister travel up to our home regularly and hate being away from it for too long. We will always miss being away from home as we were immersed so much in it, as shown through these images
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20/10/2016
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With this task I decided to explore the way in which I over think everything. Having anxiety makes me worry over the smallest things, and this happens mostly in the morning especially if i have a full day of uni. The blurred motion is to symbolise the over thinking side and the stress that I suffer from. I tend to focus on what's going to happen in the day and things that could go wrong, especially if i have no music to distract my thoughts when I'm walking to uni.
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13/10/2016
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‘I’m just a child of nature’

This body of work represents my adoration towards nature. Growing up in the countryside, nature has always been a huge part of my life; I never fully appreciated it when I was younger. Since moving to Coventry going back home was something I appreciated much more than I thought, I missed having the countryside on my doorstep to go out walking and to be able to clear my head. Collaborating the theme of nature and my body was significant to me, I have grown to love my figure so immersing myself with nature connects these two together.

The three final images at the end stem from the idea of looking back at my childhood, looking back at old photographs my mum and dad took and venturing back to those places. Portraying an older, more mature me displaying my body in an artistic way.
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5/19/16
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Task 4-

With this task I was struggling with how to approach it as i get bad anxiety when talking to a complete stranger. I was thinking about going up to someone in the street but then that idea changed. I was in my home town and I was doing a photoshoot for someone i know with my sister modeling for me, i wanted this specific wall for her to stand on. The wall was part of someones back garden, so i knocked on the door and this lovely elderly woman answered, we chatted for a while about my uni Course and other things. She said it was fine for me to use the wall and she asked if i could send her the photographs when i finished them as she was curious to see the end result. This task helped me come out of my comfort zone and try something new.
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Task 3:

Make-up has always been something i have loved from when i was very young, i would spend ages doing it which a lot of people can never understand why i do that. It's what i am very passionate about and it relaxes me whenever i'm stressed. Having bad skin as a teenager, I felt the most confident when i did my make-up, this started my love for it. That is why i have chosen to take a photograph of me doing my make-up in my mirror for this self portrait.
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Task Two:
I wanted to portray mine and my dads relationship through these images. One of our favourite things to do is go on walks as a family, i've grown up near the countryside so as a child walking was something we did very often. Me and my dad are very similar in a lot of ways and when we go on a walk we find that it's the time to relax and talk about things going on at uni or his work etc. This is when we are the happiest and closest. However i wanted to also show how packing up and going back to uni is something that is hard for me and my dad so i chose to capture this side as well, when we aren't as close.
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4/21/16
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Task 1:

When I was talking with my partner we were discussing what we are afraid of, one of her fears is the dark. This is represented through this particular image. I chose to use a darkened room with minimal lighting. Using her room felt more personal as this is normally when people with this fear usually become more afraid when going to sleep in the dark. I wanted the natural lighting from outside to create the idea that she has just woken up which is comforting to her as she is not emerged in darkness now. It was interesting finding out what her fears were compared with my own personal fears.
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