This image is from a collaboration with Geoff and Tina, a lorry driver from Pitsea near Basildon, Essex. My interest is specifically in the transformation; the space between one identity and another. In common with my general practice I deal in uncertainties. The collaboration with this subject is an opportunity to explore the idea of a new identity free from limiting cultural foundations. Geoff and Tina focuses relentlessly on the detail that surrounds otherwise conventional narrative aesthetic and political considerations. It is a discussion on the nature of mortality and persona and the possibility of being liberated to find the courage to face the world as ourselves.
Richard Ansett’s images are in permanent and private collections worldwide including the National Portrait Galleries of London and Canada, Bibliotheque Nationale de France and the Smithsonian. His images have been part of major collaborative exhibitions. He was selected as the overall winner of the prestigious Arte Laguna Prize in 2013. He was awarded 1st prize for documentary at the Grand Prix de la Decouverte in 2013 and received the gold award at Prix de la Photographie in 2011.