The photographic medium is rich with potential and chance, no more so than in analogue form. This work is based on the ends of rolls of film exposed to light before they can be exposed to the restrictions of subject or composition. They are the unfertilized eggs; often discarded, but full of potential under, precise, nurturing conditions.
When we look at something that is not really a representation of anything at all it can be the purest way of seeing as the imagination is responsible for conceiving the eventual image. The sublime in abstract, the lack of true form, provokes the truest form solely through perception. As a photographer, I offer my medium to the viewer without the familiar anticipation of transferring a concept or narrative.
Treated in the same way as the body of the roll of film, and combined with the imagination of the viewer, the potentiality of these sites becomes actuality.
Lucy Bentham’s work is conceptually driven, revolving around personal themes, seeking a sense of belonging, and reflecting on life’s transitions.
“Influenced by the world around me, I often comment on the personal significance of ostensibly mundane circumstances to form a narrative as an observer and occasional participant. My key interests are the female artist, the imagination, and the juxtaposition of the written word and the photographic image. I use traditional and contemporary techniques to make my photographs, not forgetting where photography comes from, but not afraid of where it can be taken in the future. My book making comes from a place of desire to share a narrative to a wider audience who are placing their interpretations on aspects of the tale that befit their own experiences.”
See more of Lucy Bentham's work on her website.