Thomas Duffield

Photography serves as cathartic process for myself. I choose to use of photography as a medium because of the photographs ability to story tell, especially when combined together into a narrative sequence. Most recently, my work centers around themes of the domestic. Due to the personal nature of my work I am involved closely with the people I photograph, allowing their stories to inform aspects of my process. Intimacy with the subject matter is important for me to create work that can perhaps offer insight that goes beyond the surface while still conserving a tenderness. 

Our home was a static caravan that sat quietly in a field with walls entangled with Ivy, on a small farm where my mother and father began to raise my sister and I. During this time my father struggled with a heroin addiction. However difficult it may have been at times for my mother and father, to my memory we had a charmed life growing up. As children, my father’s addiction was not discussed and after he left, years passed with little contact.

Only now do I begin to understand the complexities of my parents relationship. I now meet with my father regularly to offer support as he undergoes a detox. when we meet up we talk about nothing in particular. 

"The whole house is shaking pays tribute to an idyllic childhood on a small farm on the outskirts of Leeds, while simultaneously confronting a darker enclave of family history. Composed from small details of everyday life and portraits of his mother, sister and grandfather, the project also dwells on his father’s clandestine heroin addiction, hidden from the children while they were growing up" 

-Sophie Wright