Nuclear 2004-2005

Nuclear 1.0 2004-2005

I started photographing families in East Finchley in 2004.    In Nuclear 1.0 I invited everyone over to mine, asked them to sit on my sofa and fired the shutter of my large, imposing 5X4 camera.  It was an event, refreshments were being offered in the kitchen and I called each family over to the living room, one at a time. I offered little explanation, and did not attempt to ordering or control  the arrangement of family members on the sofa.  When entering the room,  I introduced the family to the sofa (draped with a neutral light fabric and neutral coloured wall behind them in effect, a blank canvas) and the families, upon seeing the familiar structure of a sofa, and despite the somewhat unfamiliar surroundings, fell into an arrangement of bodies on the sofa.  The ways in which the families arranged themselves on the sofa may give insight into everyday television viewing arrangements, there may be a preference for comfort and a soft warm familiar maternal or paternal body on behalf of a child, or we might see the mimicking a pose of an older sibling by a younger adoring little brother or sister, or possibly certain family members keeping as far away from a disapproving parent after a recent family row.  The neutrality of the background leaves very few clues for the audience and all that is left are the bodies and faces on the sofa and the knowledge that these people are  family.

See Nuclear 2.0


6 Responses to Nuclear 2004-2005

  1. Sophie says:

    Such an insightful project, beautiful photos.

    • Asosiacion says:

      mother of 6 grand mother of 10. i feel your pain. what i would do is if its on the csnuiohs and there the kind with a zipper then just put them in the washer and let them go thu the wash cycle a few times then dry on air only. if they do not zip then i would take them out side and take the water hose to them till all the soap is gone then leave them out till they dry. this could take a couple of days depend on how much sun you have. keep turning them so the sun hits both sides. i have had to do both ways more then one time. hope this helps.

    • Mohammed says:

      It’s true, PND can be overcome, with the right surppot and knowledge for families of those suffering PND. I guess I was lucky in a sense that I knew something was wrong from the get-go when I had my first child. Well, how can you not know when you felt like drowning your child and ending your life. I managed to overcome it when I went out and met other mums but had PND again with my 2nd child. This time I opted to go for counselling. And am happy to say it helped a lot.

    • Mhara says:

      Thank you for sharing this. Your hotseny is so refreshing. I talk openly about having PND but I have always shied away from mentioning any negative thoughts I have had which I have felt ashamed of. I just love that you are willing to put it out there in order to help someone else. You are amazing. x

    • Akash says:

      I lucked out with two speelers.. my daughter even comes to me at night (always has) to say time for night night mommy.. and it is rare they get up before 9 :) even as babies

    • Diqy says:

      That it has taken seventeen years to write make me think that it must have taken more coguare to write than to jump; more coguare to live with the results than to try again. I’m so glad you did have that coguare: there can never be too much hope in the world. Your story, I am sure, will comfort, help and heal.From one PND sufferer to another, thank you.

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