Phoebe Kiely - They Were My Landscape
Phoebe Kiely is drawn to urban environments in her work, after graduating from the Manchester School of Art she has developed her practice, continuing to print in the darkroom, an important process for Kiely from start to finish. Here she describes 'They Were My Landscape' in her own words.
"The project They Were My Landscape began during my third year of university. That being almost one and a half years ago, the project has mutated into something much bigger than I thought it would ever be."
"The photographs I present in They Were My Landscape are moments from an ordinary life, shown in a dream like edit, with no indication of place or time. The people in the edit have no name, the cities I show are never identified. My photographs present inbetween moments, fractions of a second that people usually forget. My landscape is the material I draw upon to create photographic objects, all hand printed analogue gelatin silver prints."
"When presented as an edit they are pinned with black entomology pins allowing for a sense of temporariness, the edits are fluid and changeable. There is secrecy in the work, not everything is clear. It is the story I was never able to find the words for, the written diary I could never commit to. However, this does not stand as just a dairy. It’s a constructed reality, with a dream like sense, giving the viewer a chance to see a fraction of a life."
"My compulsion to collect photographs is fuelled with my curiosity with the world. Through my work I wish to find answers, to find some kind of peacefulness with what the meaning of life is. A sense of self is always presented within the images. A reminder of mortality. They Were My Landscape is an ever lasting stream of work. "