This submissions to Despite The Illusion comes from Richard Wade. Richard graduated with a first class honours in Fine Art Photography for the University of Ulster, Belfast.
The work shown is a series of portraits of people in their cars titled Human Chasis. Richard’s work sits on the border between documentary and a preconceived idea of how the outcome of the image will be(arguably this is common for most documentary photographers, approaching a subject with an agenda.)
Human Chassis explores the idea of solitude and isolation. In each photograph Richard has been able to completely capture the subject in a pensive stasis. Photography is only able to capture what is corporeal, it can only make the three dimensional two dimensional. Richards work however, has the feel of another dimension, its forcing you to contemplate the subjects thoughts and what is on their mind. Consciousness being something photography is unable to capture.
“I'm generally interested in making larger bodies of documentary work, encompassing portraiture and landscape. My work has been made over several years, so could probably be described as slow journalism”
Richard’s wider bodies of work is focused on the changing identity of middle class Britain. His work is a document of these time, a slow journalism of the “struggle through austere times”