Class of 2023 • Photography

Rachel Hunt

Rachel Hunt
Ulster University, Belfast School of Art


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


My work frequently explores ideas of belonging and presence within the context of individual identity and familial history. I often work experimentally, exploring various mediums, drawing from archival materials and working with both historical and sustainable alternative photographic processes. My graduate work, Voyager, tells a story that blurs the lines between the real and the unreal through the subconscious search for individual liberty. Using the pictorial presence of my grandfather; belonging, identity and memory are explored as I create a fictitious connection through a romanticised, mythlike depiction of a close yet distant, unreachable figure. Feeding my own identity into this fabricated character, a link is drawn between our mutual connection with the open-ended aura of the sea. Alternative photographic methods and the incorporation of visual material from a family kept archive strengthen this link, creating an intimacy and a physicality to the constructed relationship. Sea Beet, a coastal vegetation, and sunlight are used to produce impermanent anthotype prints which hold a ghostly, veiled presence and are destined to fade with time. Bladderwrack seaweed is also used in the development process of film to create ethereal imagery suggestive of a distant dream based upon memory.
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