Zara Bird-Wood, currently a Masters student at the University of West of England’s Department of Creative Industries, having previously gained a Latin BA concentrates her attention on photographic practice. This modus operandi and a methodical approach serve to explore and highlight what tends to pass unnoticed. Unexpected combinations and correlations of recurring visual or ‘grammatical’ elements often hinting at transience emerge. These groupings may also recall the act of cataloguing and classification that can facilitate making sense of a chaotic world.
The work celebrates happenstance and a lack of artifice, documenting whatever is seen through the viewfinder unmodified by the photographer. Thus, the viewer the chance is offered the chance to re-interpret what seems mundane and unimportant and engage in contemplation.
Notwithstanding the interpretative importance of the role of the viewer, Zara has nevertheless selected images from recent projects. She hopes these will both resonate with the space of Walcot Chapel and with the notions implied by ‘Commensalis’.