The shed was our spaceship

  • Hayleigh Longman

The shed was our spaceship, exhibited at the Holden Gallery in Manchester for the 2018 degree show. Awarded the graduated award from RedEye Photographic Network. The work was then exhibited in Arles as part of a group show called 'Route' and then as part of Photohastings, Brighton Photo Festival in 2018. Hayleigh's careful way of observing encourages abstraction in her work. Hayleigh shares her life and the things that are important to her in a way people can understand, creating narratives of reality that are thoughtfully considered and composed. “‘The Shed Was Our Spaceship’ explores subjects such as childhood and imagination, on a reflection of my own childhood in a poetic style. ”We grow up and discover that we can never re-visit such memories even if we want to. And when we’re in them, we don’t realise it. Yet our childhood is a time we all carry in us lastingly, as an explanation of why we may be the way we are. Although, it is a concealed period of which we know nothing. I struggle to let go, as I stand in the middle. I hold the memories but want one more chance to live them again.” Whilst working closely with children ages three to nine as a constructed part of work to re-discover the child inside myself, my work naturally moulded into a series around the beautifully organic imagination of a child along the way.”


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