Gaia is an exploration of my own relationship with photography, ailment with themes of nature, doctor the world and fertility. From the start of this project I was experimenting with different ways of making my own negatives from organic materials.

 
I made flower negatives into 120mm spaces by cutting up flowers and plants, using a glue gun to stick them together. The negatives then work in the enlarger like a normal negative and produce colour images that I would scan in and then collage and alter on Photoshop, making a final result that really showed the potential of photography.

 
I then started to cut my images up into circles which I thought worked well with the themes of nature, fragments and the self. It was at this point that the concept of the series started to properly form. Whilst researching about the meaning of the circle, words such as; wholeness, cycles and mother earth began to appear. It was from this that I called the series ‘Gaia’. Gaia is the mythological goddess and personification of the earth; she is the creator and giver of birth to the world. Having all my images circular connects with this idea of creation and the earth.

 

Holly Childs

 

Holly Childs