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By Matthew Humphreys

The Story Behind a Photograph

By Matthew Humphreys

 The Story Behind a Photograph

The Story Behind a Photograph

© Matthew Humphreys

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This is a photograph of my parents' hands touching. They are both deaf and at the point of this image my father was diagnosed with glaucoma. In his gradual blindness touch became a vital role in the communication of their language and intimacy.

It was during this period I was using a Yashica T4 camera, this is a compact camera, which is designed for snapshot photography. In my practice as an artist making visual notes, I form relationships with cameras, carrying them around with me everywhere looking for moments through the eye of the lens. I allow the device to be an extension of my eye, exploring the potential moments as I analyse the aesthetic that lays latent in the camera.

It was a sunny day in their garden my camera eye started to notice small gestures, subtle caresses of the hands as my mother guided my father back to the house. I clicked the button and captured this fragment. I processed the film and this image stood out amongst the rest, the lighting, composition and the tenderness of the grasp to me defines their affinity. Cameras, relationships and life move on, now I work in the digital medium, looking back I have to say that this image sowed the seeds to themes which spread throughout my work.

Matthew Humphreys
mjhumphreys.co.uk
@mjhumphreysArt


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