With my photography, I look to explore the mundane at its core, which can be defined as the common, ordinary, banal — and often annoying — aspects of the world we live in. The word ‘mundane’ is described as ‘lacking interest or excitement,’ something quite dull, but I don’t see it that way.
I like the idea of making something mundane look and feel very different from how we are used to experiencing it. By bringing a certain subject matter out of its context, blowing it up and using a close focus, you can easily change its previous associations and create a whole new experience. This year I have been focused on the theme of ‘leaving a mark’. Specifically, I wanted to focus more on the human body and the marks/prints we inadvertently leave behind when we touch the various surfaces we come across on a daily basis. Fingerprints, natural oil, dust and skin particles left on everyday surfaces is a very common phenomenon, and it is something that most people, including myself, are not usually aware of. The idea of leaving a piece of yourself, especially our ‘unique’ fingerprints, is intriguing to me — something so personal, left behind.