Despite The Illusion is pleased to have Laura Kale’s photography series Prodromal Phase. Laura has sensitively photographed her uncle Christopher, who has a varying severity of schizophrenia. During one of the earliest stages of his illness, at about 19, Christopher kept himself away at home fixating on creating a full 24 piece chess set out of little trinkets he found around him.
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Photography can often struggle to penetrate what would be very insular to the subject, unknowing of what is going on inside. Laura however approaches her subject with such sensitivity that conveys her uncle in a loving manor that at no point makes us feel like a spectator. There is a warming feel about the photographs, with the feeling that Laura has been allowed to photograph something so precocious to Christopher.
Christopher creates these beautiful chess pieces out of what other people would consider junk as an outlet and distraction from the overwhelming thoughts a person suffering with schizophrenia would have to deal with on a daily basis.
Laura’s wider body of work is consistently very personal to her whilst trying to maintain an aesthetic and conceptual approach to photography. Typically Laura will work alone but understands the collaborative aspect of photographing someone. The collaboration evident here is how you're torn between assessing the Prodromal Phase solely as a series of photographs by Laura or a series of sculptures by Christopher, each not existing without the other.
Laura Studied BA (hons) Photography, Contemporary Practice at UCA Rochester, You can find more of her work here.