Rachel Jump recently got in touch with us to show her work Origins, which in its nature, a deeply personal project. Rachel herself writes about her work with such tenderness that it is easy to understand the love that goes into creating her work.
Hit the jump to check out the rest of Rachel Jump’s beautiful series Origins.
This work is a deeply personal exploration of her family life at a time of turmoil. Rachel describes a time when her Mother had endured various invasive and painful procedures after a doctor discovered multiple cysts during a mammogram. Her description laced with such a poetic disposition that she likens the marks drawn by a doctors pen across her mother as “dark spots constellated across her skin, unveiling the cosmos within her cysts.”
“She showed me her pain, and I saw the stars.”
To photograph her subjects is to show love, as with the Leica shutter being compared to a ‘Kiss’, with every photo taken Rachel is not only showing her affection and affinity with her subjects but committing to a union of empathy with them.
“The core of my photographic practice stems from a place of pure empathy- a desire to share my story within the collective human experience. My visual trajectory has always centred on the disparate nature of my own family, and my desire to reconnect”
The use of photography to Rachel is to eternalise the various fleeting moments and faded memories of her childhood. Learning to slow down her photographic process to a point where Rachel no longer feels like she is just seeing her subject but truly feeling the details of who that person is.
All of this for Rachel, aims to dispel the myths she learnt growing up of what ‘home’ is; through photography she attempts to conjure her own myth of home and sanctuary into a place where her loved ones can finally belong
You can find more of Rachel's work over here, on her website