© Hannah Laycock
Hannah Laycock specialises in portrait and fine-art photography currently inspired by her diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2013. She grew up in, and has since returned to, the Northeast coast of Scotland. Her subtle, contemplative and sensuous work on MS contributes to illness narratives that come in various forms in contemporary culture: from memoirs to performance art. Perceiving Identity is a photographic journey that explores Hannah’s feelings of uncertainty, fear, loss and liberation, intuitively delving into and questioning the notion of this neurological ‘lack’. A dreamlike state; pulsating in and out of consciousness grasping onto the minutiae in the hope for clarity in the pronouncement and acceptance of her diagnosis and the impact of this on the past, present and future. Hannah creates an immersive experience for the viewer in the delicate floating of images throughout the gallery space, in the hope that we might bring our own experiences of adversity to the work and feel a sense of connection to what is expressed in the images. In this way she hopes to communicate the invisible, non-linear experience of chronic illness.
Part of FLOW Photofest 2019