Hannah Cooper McCauley is one of the 50 best emerging photographers for 2015, as voted by the eight-member international jury for the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards 2015. Here is her winning entry and artist’s statement. View her profile to learn more about him and to see more of his great work.
My life has often felt like one long string of layovers. From the time I was born, and well into college, my family moved all across the sister states of Mississippi and Alabama because my father is a Baptist minister. In reaction to this continued state of transience, I developed a bemusing mixture of loneliness and imagination. I grew up believing in the fantastic and the probability of miracles. I learned at an early age to accept the things I could not understand, and I feel this has long influenced the method and construction of my imagery.
The notion of transition has routinely steered my life from childhood onward. I am fascinated by the many forms it takes even now, as I examine my new identity as lover, wife, and possible mother.
An ongoing body of work, A Singular Sense of Urgency explores my connection with the temporary. I often feel a combination of frustration and kinship with this facet of my life, and it has invariably instilled a consistent need to both go back through my past and move forward into new experiences. Through photography, I interpret this desire and investigate my relationship with the ephemeral. Through my investigation of family history, mythology, and the notion of memory as interpretation, I aim to demystify my past and fill the void where specific memories were never created. I seek to satisfy this curiosity with the opacity of a photograph.
—Hannah Cooper McCauley