Social Distress Signals
‘A trauma that is not transformed, is transferred.’ Trauma affects a person’s ability to see, to perceive the world as it once was seen, through naïve, innocent eyes. It removes the sufferer from the comfort of familiarity and thus takes away the ability to ground oneself, to stabilise, a basic human need for psychological harmony. But where there is darkness and abandonment, there is also beauty and hope, a co-existence, the amalgamation of which is everyone’s life story, without the bad times, what balance have the good. Social Distress Signals is a look at the landscape through the lens of unprocessed childhood trauma. The aesthetic is influenced by the aspirational, hopeful veneer imbued in commercial advertising photography in an attempt to communicate a chance at hope, in even the most desperate of landscapes.
Iryna Baklan • Mark Bell • Claire French • Paul Greenfield • Clare Lyons • Gavin Martin • Roula Patra • John Post • Martin Reynolds • Niall Ruddy • Jolane Schaffner •