Ruth Campbell

2013

Once a year and now is a series of photographs that focus on the annual event of a birthday, specifically the homemade birthday cake. The decoration of these cakes expresses parts of the mother and daughter’s personality. The images are a combination of family photographs that were never inserted into the ‘family album’, juxtaposed with new fabricated images. By making the missing cakes that were never photographed and re-living the act of blowing out the candles, the images acknowledge and celebrate the care and attention shown by a mother in this yearly celebration. Ruth is keen to highlight images that usually go unnoticed or are discarded, and has photographed in the style of the found images by her mother.

Ruth is interested in the everyday, annual rituals and the objects that integrate within it.  She is interested in how objects and spaces can show personality traits or characteristics.

Judged by Val Williams (PARC) and Gemma Marmalade (MAP11)

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