Richard Ansett

Personal Statement


We have become accustomed to an inherited visual language that represents the world on our behalf but these are not natural rules. Our landscape has been hijacked by an historic aesthetic that infects the interpretation of contemporary life. The established rules of engagement in the creation and understanding of imagery are archaic. Notions of beauty are infected with nostalgia and we are exposed to a mono-cultural interpretation of our complex world that is an anathema to the reality. The existing frameworks that contextualize events on our behalf, allow us to subjugate any responsibility for the content we view.

Personal Statement

In all works presented for public view, conventional narrative and aesthetics are subservient to the pursuit of a genuine emotional engagement. Photography is used as a record of the effect of unique individual congruence on the interpretation of space using myself as an example. I am attempting to discuss the frames of reference through which we all view and interpret space. Results are continually scrutinised and all work is never presented as being a definitive representation of reality.

Our understanding of place is reliant on an interpretation of the world influenced by forces within and (more importantly) ‘beyond’ awareness and our response to that understanding can be read in everything we do. Photography therefore is inevitably an autobiographical statement in the recording of that unique worldview. Photography is both a record of the world and that of the photographer themselves.

Through my adoptive experience I have come to identify the paradox that my unique relationship to reality is expressed as a need to continually scrutinise that same relationship to the world and others, the camera has given me this opportunity.


Our relationship to reality is unique and should not be assumed to be shared and empathy can only come with the realisation that there is a wider reality experience existing in multiple parallels to our own. I reject all work (including my own) that attempts to present a definitive conclusion or truthful interpretation of others especially within the limited confines of the photographic medium.