Work-in-progress Images from my ongoing M.A. photography project.
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This is a very brief overview of my Masters project work to date.
In January 2019 I began a remote-learning M.A. in Photography through Falmouth University. This is as an opportunity to gain a formal qualification in photography and to push my practice in new directions. I have chosen to pursue a long-term project.
This cross-genre body of work aims to investigate the nature of belonging in cross-cultural and mixed-heritage people. It combines portraiture, self-portraiture, still-life, and the performative to examine this hybrid experience. This frequently sits at a cross-roads between fact and fiction that can be considered as biomythographical in nature.
I have been working with a series of collaborators from a diverse range of backgrounds. Most recently, I have included myself as a subject to explore the cultural and racial isolation which formed part of my own mixed upbringing.
In Why Art Photography? Lucy Soutter discusses portraiture as ‘oscillating back and forth between notions of fixed and fractured identities… constructed and performed before our very eyes.’ (Soutter, 2018. p.18). I have extended this description to become a foundation of my work. In this practice I am seeking to ride the oscillation Soutter describes and explore a photographic language of hybridity and otherness.
This language includes repeated tropes such as food, dislocated domestic environments and items, found objects and locations, elements of personal anecdotes from collaborators, and classical myths such as Icarus and The Odyssey. Narrative, fact and fiction, mythology, and cinema all play their part here.
This Masters project is still in the exploratory work-in-progress phase and I move into my Final Major Project in the Summer of 2020. If you would like to see the works-in-progress in more detail then please head to the website I’ve put together specifically for my M.A.: www.jamesbelloriniphoto.com
All images © James Bellorini 2020. All rights reserved.
I’m a commercial and editorial photographer. I have worked with advertising agencies, design agencies, entrepreneurs, performers and musicians, government organisations, events companies, and culture and entertainment brands. Currently I’m also studying for an M.A. in Photography through Falmouth University. My commercial clients include: The Royal Opera House, Breguet (The Swatch Group), The National Theatre, Innovision, Department for International Trade, Siren Design, Glyndebourne Productions Ltd, Stone Nest, The Old Vic etc.