Degree Show Spreads: A look at the work of Claire Leighton.
My work is an exploration of the oddities and eccentricities that can be found in our society. I have explored subjects such as the fairground and festivals as well as different people's personal collections.
My work follows a subject matter that may ordinarily be seen as perfectly normal but which, once re-contextualized transforms into something extraordinary. I work using medium format film in a camera, that itself is odd and idiosyncratic, where the camera allows a small amount of light to leak onto the film causing image anomalies.
My photographs have a strangeness and occulted vocabulary that lends itself to alternative and non-mainstream modes of practice.
I have been influenced by artists such as Tony Ray - Jones and Diane Arbus as well as the writer Susan Sontag, author of "On Photography".
"Photography can be a mirror and reflect life as it is, but I also think that perhaps it is possible to walk like Alice, through a looking-glass, and find another kind of world with the camera" Tony Ray - Jones
To see more of Claire's work, visit her DeviantArt.