Unconstrained by the limits of genre and fascinated by the processes of film photography, the work is always informed from a need to learn. The research is an essential step and the diverse range of final pieces and titles are always drawn from theoretical notions. The exploration of unconventional techniques are applied to produce peculiar and unique images.
Chloe Hayes shoots predominantly on film and her main passion is researching history and creating photographic documentaries from this. Among her previous projects she has worked with National Trust property ‘Kingston Lacy’ to create a `thorough and informative record of the Estate focusing on the history and the current management of the house. This project held the classic style of a documentary by being shot on a Hasselblad, allowing the viewer to study the image. Also leaving 6-month long exposure pinhole cameras and shooting on a 5 x 4 pinhole camera brought an artistic element to the piece, giving a notion of time.
‘Purcell’, work from her residency at The Purcell School, takes the audience through all five locations that the school has been situated throughout its 53 year existence. ‘Purcell’ focuses specifically on found pieces of writing, newspaper clippings and articles to help build an entire record of how the school became the great musical inspiration it is today. Accompanied by essay extracts, the photographs have more significance and come to life with the thoughts of music and teaching filling each building. This project was also shot on a Hasselblad camera to ensure documentary aesthetic, with an element of exploring light.
Whilst at Maelor, Chloe would love to create a brief, site- specific photo-documentary of the history of Corris’s social, industrial and local heritage alongside recording any current events that take place within the timeframe. The use of film would reflect the longstanding time in which the village has been thriving and give the work a sense of history and heritage. Chloe’s work is informed from research and, as a result access to documents, histories and talking to the community and workers would be paramount.