Christine Hurst

Christine Hurst

Gold dust & sunlight, Christine Hurst, BA(Hons) Photography, University of Brighton Faculty of Arts

The Consumed

I use photography to create ambiences that can be achieved in no other way. I this particular project, The Consumed,I pursued composing otherworldly images which evoked the past.

Nightsky, Christine Hurst, BA(Hons) Photography, University of Brighton Faculty of Arts

The Consumed is a body of work that looks at my exploration of a historical woodland. A forest that was once used as the location for a tuberculosis sanatorium, the site of which has since closed and been redeveloped. It is a reflection of accounts that were told to me through the reminiscence of others.

Nude, Christine Hurst, BA(Hons) Photography, University of Brighton Faculty of Arts

Patients at the Cheshire Joint Sanatorium were put on a strict regime of rest and fresh, cold air. They were put outside in the midst of the pine forest in all weathers. Their days consisted of rising, walking and resting. Seriously ill patients could undergo a process in which the lung was collapsed and rested.

Rabbit, Christine Hurst, BA(Hons) Photography, University of Brighton Faculty of Arts

Other treatments included laying sandbags on the chest, in an aid to strengthen the lungs, removal of diseased parts of the lungs, sunbathing nude and designated walks through the woodland.

Misty woodland, Christine Hurst, BA(Hons) Photography, University of Brighton Faculty of Arts

My pale, obscured photographs echo the watery nature of tuberculosis and also the presence of air, alluding to the disease and its properties. The photographs faintly depict an erased past, showing just a trace of something that is imagined rather than witnessed.

Website: www.christinehurst.co.uk
Email: christinehurst@live.com

         

Images

Images at University of Brighton, College of Arts and Humanities