Narratives and Meaningful Objects by photographer Nicola A. Bibby is a Prototype Project from Round Two, which has resulted in a small collection of photographs, inspired by local narratives and stories. Her intention was to create and explore the connection between a valued object, a lived experience and an ultimately defining personal moment in someone's life.
When talking about her experiences, Nicola said:
"I am guilty of keeping too many objects, which hold wonderful memories or remind me of stories that are dear to me. I often wonder if it is the object itself, or the recollection of the moment, that is the more important. My personal collection of memorabilia and its significance to me has provided the idea for this photography project.
Over the last year, I have invited older residents from St Helens to share with me, a memory, a story, or a reflection about an object, which has meaningful attachment to them and can be recorded or documented visually.
For me, the process has been both rewarding and fulfilling. I recognise a common thread that runs through all of the stories, which has been the essentially positive, always uplifting, and most importantly, life-affirming nature of the stories told to me. People’s generosity of spirit and willingness to share their memories has been key in helping bring my project to life.
I hope that my photographs will play their part in documenting moments and experiences from the lives of people from St Helens."
With the support of funding from Heart of Glass, Nicola said "receiving a Prototype Projects award has afforded me the opportunity to involve myself in specific and tailored photography training with photographer Mark Tattersall. This was invaluable and had a direct input on my approach and completion of this project".
Narratives and Meaningful Objects will be exhibited in The World of Glass.
Saturday April 2nd - Thursday 28th April 2016.
The World of Glass.