Ruth Garner - Distant Comfort
My name is Ruth Garner; I am 21 years old and I’ve recently graduated from Manchester School of Art.
‘Distant Comfort’ is a series shot on medium format that I have been working on for the final year of my degree. I would say that since I’ve been taking photos I have always been a portrait photographer; there’s something about people and their differences that I’m hugely drawn to. I have always seen real individuality in the ways that people decorate their bedrooms which is why I started to photograph them.
Being a student, everything you own is often confined to your bedroom. Young people use this space as a canvas for self expression and it’s also somewhere that a young person can escape to. Your bedroom is you. Girls seem to have more of a desire to create a comfortable and protected living environment by decorating the space in particular ways, so this is why the series looks only at females. It looks at the ways the students find comfort within their personal space in the things with which they surround themselves.
My University experience has personally been a good one. My tutors were incredibly supportive and it was in their best interest for us to achieve. The course gave me so many opportunities to broaden my understanding of photography and it pushed me to think critically about debates that surround the topic. Through my education and the people I’ve met, the past 3 years have allowed me to find and shape my own photographic style and to understand where my interests and passions really lie.