We Would Rather Be Ruined Than Changed is an ongoing project trying to counter the slow decay of substantive content. I’m particularly interested in photography that slowly reveals itself to the viewer and the temporary nature of things, including civilisations.
The work builds in layers with a truth being revealed through interconnectedness, repetition and metaphor. The images are intentionally melancholy, seeking to question the ‘spectacle’ of photography whilst remaining true to documentary principles.
Captions play a big part in my practice and they point the viewer in a specific direction, expanding the meaning of each photograph while contributing to the whole. In this work I’m interrogating a perceived lack of serious engagement with contemporary issues and a seeming resignation to the notion that real, systemic change is impossible.
I often come back to Mark Fisher’s apocalyptic statement “It is easier to imagine the end of the world than it is the end of capitalism.”