A portrait series about people with dementia. The work creates a visual legacy telling the subject's life in a single image, using props as symbols to refer to different stories and elements from their lives.
This is an ongoing project, facilitated by Westminster Arts and their creative befriender programme. Jessica was awarded funding from IdeasTap Ideas Fund for this series and the first image from this series, Gina, was featured on The Photographers' Gallery website as part of 'Story Behind The Photo'. Jessica was also recently Highly Commended for The Sir Simon Milton Award for contributing to Westminster community through her work on this project.
Dorothy is a constructed narrative series which considers daily life for one elderly woman, growing old alone.
In a blossoming digital era of social interaction, 39% of older people, aged 65 and over, have never been online. For most of us, life over the last few decades has become faster and more chaotic. We are able to work while we travel, have face-to-face interactions with people across the world, and from our own homes we can continue to socialise. But in Britain, there is a growing generation of older people, for whom life is becoming quieter, slower and who are becoming increasingly isolated.
In the UK, there are 3.4 million older people living alone. While many of them have family and friends and do engage in social activities, a 2014 survey by Age UK, found that 2.9 million people aged 65 and over in Great Britain feel they have no one to turn to for help and support and a third of older people say that they consider television to be their main form of company.
An ongoing series documenting, through portraits and interviews, people and a possession that they hold dearly, as behind the object lies an intriguing story.
A portrait project documenting over thirty female comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013.
A follow-up project to a group photograph taken of 81 female comedians for Time Out in 2009 and an in depth look at how comedy and perceptions of gender have changed for female comedians over the last three decades.
See the full series of portraits here, with quotes from the interviews.