Clare Steel

J.W. is a documentation of the life of John. These works are a collaboration between the subject and photographer, focusing on how ageing affects routine, interests, what’s prioritised, and how one offers oneself to be captured in an image. Turning the camera towards such themes as nostalgia, ritual and aging, the subject, John, reflects upon his own image archive, objects he’s collected, and stories attached to such things. Accessing the day-to-day life of a retiree in his home, in the places he chooses to visit and effects he surrounds himself by, J.W. traces a life that would otherwise go unseen. In doing so, it delves into an intimate visual story depicting a mateship between two people, previously strangers now friends and collaborators.


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