Verity Welstead uses portraiture of her family and friends to tell stories that relate to her interest in the non-linear nature of memory and the jarring of the familiar and uncanny, the humourous and absurd. She uses photography as a method of encountering our inner desires and fears. Her technique combines the genres of documentary and staged photography with the aim of capturing the accidental.
'See how it feels' is the most recent project of Verity Welstead, examining aspects of her own childhood under conditions of eccentric care and the guise of keeping safe, woven together with the at times neurotic feelings that occupy her in relation to her own teenagers' safety.
Awards and Nominations
2016 Nominated for Mack First Book Award
Shortlisted for second round of Bloomberg New Contemporaries
Shortlisted for second round of Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize
Shortlisted for Lens Culture Portrait Awards
Book Selected for Offprint Tate Gallery Turbine Hall
2015 The Present Hurts – London College of Communication
Interim Show – London College of Communication
2014 Cours et Jardins – Vers Pont du Gard, France
2013 Cours et Jardins – Vers Pont du Gard, France