Celebration is a project that came to life naturally or even surprisingly during my third year of study at the Glasgow School of Art when I have been working a lot as an event photographer to support my art career.
As I have been busy with events, I had no time to make a project for a group exhibition. Instead, I thought I would search through my hard drive and commercial shots and try to find at least one good picture I could print for the show. When searching for that one photograph, I noticed something quite interesting. I was capturing the moments that were not about celebrating the events themselves. The function room corners, where no one was dancing, became almost like an empty theatre set, and the feeling that if I would slightly move my camera, I would capture a big group of people dancing or eating was something that fascinated me about photography. The ability to present the situation within one frame, with no sound or description of what’s happening next to it. Just one frame for the viewer’s imagination to make a story of the moment. I’ve noticed that while taking pictures of kids during the big events, like the photographs of a girl lying down next to the buffet – taken on her parent’s wedding renewal. But these photographs did not show kids having fun or dancing, but escaping into their own fantasy, careless, doing whatever they wanted. (2017)
British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Awards