Claire Maxfield uses photography to tell stories about her own life and experiences. These are not ordinary everyday experiences though they undoubtedly relate to other people and other people have been in these places too.
“I take photographs constantly, sometimes I understand why, but a lot of the time I just have a gut feeling to photograph something. It’s usually some time afterwards that the visual elements begin to tie together in a story. I don’t begin with a project idea, the project and the stories reveal themselves to me slowly, like a personal journey. I photograph using film, and using different formats. Sometimes colour sometimes black and white. The physical process is important to me, the act of taking the photograph is as important as the photograph itself.”
The project ‘An Unkindness of Raven’s’ has been in progress for many years, it is a story about domestic violence and the effects of that on one’s life. In this project, using images and text in a poetic style, Claire creates a narrative about the darker side of human nature and relationships.
This is an unfinished project and will also take book form, I welcome any suggestions and feedback.
Locations: United Kingdom