Elly Clarke: 2

By adding their thoughts and voice, their tone, their pauses, you create a much more intimate portrait that is impossible to beat with either alone.

There is something very peaceful about listening to the voices of those she photographs along side a portrait. You can completely explore the still with the eye, without having to keep track of a moving image. Being invited into these people’s homes, and allowing them to talk freely about their history and their ancestors whose portraits inspired the series is very compelling. I believe this is an ongoing project as she tracks down the remaining portraits and those who keep them. The remaining splendure within these families is a very different reality to anything I have known, and the extent of the upper-class Britain can be quite comical in parts.

Through the wonders of the Coventry University blog, I have found a few pieces from this projects and the artists name, George Richmond. Two of the subjects are shown here, Katherine and Jonathan van der Werff alongside a photograph of a portrait also taken from the project.

As she sits and describes her works and the thoughts that lead her to these moments, you cant help but smile along with her as the excitement still pops up in her voice, and the genuine enjoyment of her work still shows through even when she is just reminiscent of the events that took place during her visits.


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