Katherine Hamilton


I enjoy observing things around me, and especially being able to capture and ‘freeze’ a moment or a passing scene. I am presently preoccupied with loss, the recognition of loss and the fear of it. The loss of memory, and of precious past experiences, especially those shared with others, and those from childhood that become more blurred each year. I have become acutely aware of the possible – and ultimately inevitable – slipping away of treasured time, and of that which is cherished. It is a fairly morbid thought to dwell on; the idea that all that is here will be lost, and all that is now will be one day be altered or gone. It was said to me recently, “Everything changes eventually” … These images that I have taken were taken in the same places where we used to go on holiday as children. My memory of the time there is faded and blurred and when I close my eyes and try to recall the details and the feeling of being there, I find it takes me into what feels like a dreamlike state. While taking these photographs, I tried to show motion, change, energy, nostalgia and yet also a peacefulness and an ethereal quality. I chose to take the photographs in a way that blurred and abstracted the scenes and subjects, so as to give the viewer a sense of their dreamlike and ‘untouchable’ nature. But, by untouchable I don’t mean to make them inaccessible, I mean that although memories fade, and people and moments are slowly taken further from us, there still remains a lasting presence – even if faded, blurred, or unclear- never fully erased. Many of the images are of water and of waves in motion, others are of trees or forests, but portrayed in a way that expresses more of an energy and an emotion rather than a representational scene. The hint of motion alludes to the idea of things being ever changing. The softness in the images is intended to evoke a sense of acceptance and underneath all of the motion, I hope there is a subtle lingering effect on the viewer – that ends in a ‘settling’ and a kind of stillness.