Artist Statement and Press Release

Updated: Jun 13

Aaron Galway is a BA Graduate Photographer from West London.

Current Project

From living the life of “Go Go Go” to being confined to minimal activities where this new life only lets us move no further than the distance from your abode to the local supermarket, I feel the challenges set Infront are beatable with the use of using what you enjoy most, and for me is creativity within the imagery.

This is challenging for many and yet the sense of survival comes into place from mental problems which have surfaced for many, which I have experienced my self during this lockdown and the use of the camera as a comfort tool and recording daily walking and life within this “new normal” has worked wonders for myself and for my future projects.

Photo Diaries of West London:

This project is created from my daily walkabouts within Hounslow in Greater London, it explores living in a difficult time within the United Kingdom in national lockdown, and how life has quickly changed for a huge number of people. Daily Life has changed for many, living at home with only a limited amount of travel, has made a new normal.

I am a concerned observer, I am compelled to comment on a variety of issues that affect me and my locality, such as, poverty, weather and the political situation. I also reflect on my personal circumstances; the limit of personal space, lack of activity and lack of social connectivity, these are some of the key themes explored in this project. I use equipment that I can carry easily equipment for using both film and digital camera projects.

My favourite equipment’s I currently use are listed here:

Akaso Action Body Camera, Olympus OM10 35mm camera, Canon 1200D and M50 shutterless camera (digital).

I am inspired by the work of Ed Ruscha, by studying his style, I will make comparisons to his work within this project.

‘Ruscha plays with language in his text pieces, using devices such as onomatopoeia (a word that sounds like its meaning), puns, alliteration (a phrase or series of words where the first or second letter is repeated), and contrasting meanings.’ Tate Modern

My lifestyle shift from a normal, incredibly active and busy life to this locked-in situation has confronted me with challenges, which I hadn’t expected. Challenging for many are the issues of wellbeing and mental health. I have experienced these difficulties myself during the lockdown and the use of the camera as a tool to record my daily walks and observing life in this “new normal” has helped me to focus and remain settled, setting me up to continue my work and allowing me to plan for future projects.


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