David Jackson


So Blue, So Beautiful documents an encounter with my father and his house in Malta after the fact of my mother’s death. After she died I knew I would have to photograph him. At the time I had no plan, no precise idea what this would mean, only the certainty of an obligation which began to impose itself on me. At the heart of this familial exchange between father and son lie the immediacies of the Mediterranean not only as a place of lived, everyday experience but also as a projected space of home and belonging. My project is both visual record and emotional inventory: an autoethnography in pictures, if you like.


David Jackson graduated with an MA Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths. His practice uses still and moving image and includes short films and installations, funded by the BFI and Arts Council and screened at numerous international film festivals and national galleries. His recent photography project So Blue, So Beautiful was selected for the 2013 Art in Romney Marsh as well as the Photobook show at the 2012 Brighton Photo Biennial. His research interests lie principally with photography and the social world and he is currently working on a mixed media project investigating Mediterranean crossings and the politics of space.

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