ANNO DOMINI

2020

The project ‘Anno Domini’, Latin for ‘In the year of our Lord’, explores family heritage and the impact this has on one's identity. The idea was initially sparked by finding out that I had gravitated back to Bristol, the city my family had once lived in for hundreds of years. Through many hours of diligent research, a family tree was pieced together dating back to the 17th century, finding marriage, birth, death and more recently census records of my family in Bristol. Locations from these records were used as starting points, but as the project has developed, themes of identity, home and gender have been the basis of the creation of photographs. ‘Anno Domini’ has been a reflection on how my female ancestors would have lived, which has been insightful and gratifying. Through my photographs I have tried to give them a voice, and portray them as strong and independent, yet not ignoring the domesticity that would have been a big part of their lives. Not only has this body of work deepened a connection with Bristol, but it has also helped me embrace the impact that family has on my identity.