The work is an interesting examination into British culture through the eyes of international photographers. However as soon as I read the title Strange & Familiar it got me thinking.
Through the beginnings of the Migration project I have struggling to pinpoint what the work is really about. I've known what to shoot, but necessarily known why or what it meant. It started off with me feeling really negative towards my home town and me wanting to show my disconnection to it. The disconnection part is still true, but my feelings towards it have changed. Granted I still dislike the place, but I feel so disconnected that I don't actually feel anything for it.
I feel like a tourist in my own home - the things I photograph, the memories I remember, they don't necessarily feel like they're mine. Perhaps this is what my migration is about - leaving behind not just where I came from but who I used to be. And maybe the me I am today isn't meant for Workington. Hence the strange yet familiar.
Something else I read the other day that I couldn't help relate to my own work - "The road out of town always beckoned to me, and I sometimes felt like I was stranded" (from T C Boyle's The Inner Circle). This is definitely something I felt growing up, but now it's that same road I'm most afraid of - the road that takes me back to my life in Workington.. but maybe I'm just being dramatic. I suppose part of me still feels like I'm stranded there. Like maybe you never leave behind where you come from..