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Painting: Acrylic, Ink, Watercolor on Cardboard, Paper.
Memories and emotions of a time past….
I visited Estonia on a work exchange in the summer of 2005: and whilst there I realised that
I wanted to document the faces of local people that I passed in the street each day, to depict
their expressions of struggle and response to me as an outsider, a ‘tourist’ looking in.
Their wrinkled and tension-filled faces intrigued me. I felt that I was almost able to look into their
characters, ignoring all their flaws. Through my painting and the photos I took during my visit
I have tried to recapture the way I responded to them and the emotions I sensed they were
feeling at the time.
Snapshot photography captured time and tension, suspense and atmosphere.
It has fed and focused my memories of specific situations and details. I felt that by painting the
scene I could relive the time and give physical form to my experience.