Student work · Harry Pearce
Pearce’s work is another candid and in house production of family members in situ. HIs images are taken of people in different settings, usually contextualised and family home or some other venue. Personally I feel that his work would of benefitted from variety of location and activity. The shots that I have seen largely are passive sitting or standing images. This is okay but I wonder if, if he had of mixed them in withe scenes of activities, the images might of brought to life the subjects a bit more.
Not all of the work has captions by the sitters. But this I think is okay. The work is generally coherent enough to allow for that. I particularly like the image of one of his sisters, the one I image with down syndrome. This is more because of angle of view and lighting. Many of the photos seem to be taken with ambient light, giving them a very real sense authenticity; people in their front rooms etc. But this one image especially stands out as it is illuminated in a way that brings her clearly into focus. I also asked myself the question: why that angle of view? The other people are photographed at a normal standing position or sitting. But the why the choice her to shoot from below? I ask that question because it I think it makes the viewing response different.