For We Are Where We Are Not

As part of my ongoing research I worked on a lot of community based teaching workshops and initiatives. As a sideline to running these programmes I began work on a documentary/editorial style piece using still images. I wanted to make images of the people I was working with however I didn’t want that to interrupt the things we were focused on doing. This activity eventually evolved into video work, much of which I used for the analysis of theoretical concepts such as ‘agency,’ ‘relational aesthetics’ and ‘assemblages.’ Of course the video work interrupted more than these still images, nevertheless there remains something very different about the purpose of this particular work. These still portraits are therefore the beginnings of a development from a documentary study through ethnographic data collection exercise, on toward a more refined, collaborative approach with those who participated in my research.