Image Title: Family Holiday
As a community we are encouraged to travel again, book holidays, spend money; resume life as it once was (this time with additional PPE gear). As global resources are continually stripped, temperatures increase, sea levels rise, salinity affects our arable land and isolation is highlighted through pandemic living. Is it odd to want a casual family holiday? At what point does this become unrealistic and something people did in years gone by?
Prompted by 2021 lockdown ending and global environmental talks of COP26, Family Holiday uses a monochromatic colour scheme representing a future stripped.
Using saline solution washed over the image and fixed in direct heat, textural layers are created. Connection through our natural surrounds, challenged by rapidly changing environmental conditions, increased pollution, unimaginable wildfires, and an ongoing pandemic. The physicality of the harsh landscape, goggles and face mask is juxtaposed with young children trying to enjoy their summer school break. Not a future they have chosen, and yet, is this an image of holiday postcards to come?