So Much Past by Jacqueline McCullough

Jacqueline McCullough is a freelance photographer who was shortlisted for Photographer of the Year at The Guardian Student Media Awards 2009. She graduated at The University of Brighton in Editorial Photography.

As the child of a foster parent, my life has been shaped and informed by an ever-changing family unit. This experience lies at the heart of my work. This series explores various viewpoints of the care system. I felt a desire
to seek out those surrounded by, involved in or working in the system to ask questions that I myself have found difficult to answer. I invited carers,social workers and young people involved with foster care to respond to a
series of questions. The resulting portraits stem from the dialogue between the subject and myself.

The blackboard, layered with the remnants of others experiences, acts as a metaphor for the transient nature of the care system where a past can be wiped away, yet scratches and traces still remain.

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