Bridget Collins photographs are so acutely observed. Her way of seeing so clearly defined. In many ways her work is simple but like most things in life simplicity is often the hardest act to achieve. Her pictures are essentially about reconnection – between man and nature, urban and rural, living and inanimate, memory and imagination.
From what I’ve read about her in interviews she has an innate fascination with the process of photography how it allows you to distance yourself from the subject which in turn gives space to re-examine the connection between objects and events, life and the many accidents and co-incidences that make up our daily lives.
In her varied series of work she looks to re-create or rather re-imagine her own reality, a constructed memory of images that become a half-real version of her life. A fictional memoir that seeks to connect the physical world with abstract feelings and desires. Here’s what she says about her work:
I became interested in the physicality of the guides, of photographs, and the dynamic between still objects and living things. I want to understand how things can be both slow and fast, constant yet always changing. In my photographs I hope to create a new dialog between commonplace objects and events, as if to document what happens when you’ve spent too much time alone in your room and your belongings start to talk to you.
I’d love to go walking with her – through her native Minnesota or Brooklyn where she lives now – see what she sees, talk to her about her images, her choices, her constructs. I’m totally bowled over by her pictures, they suck me in, her world is mine, she has a wonderful eye, an intelligence and a sense of humour.