Heather Iris Galt-Mcloughlin

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I take photographs that reflect my perception of what makes someone or something 'hard' - whether it be a person, building or a greasy fry up. Masculinity is a major running theme in my photographs, looking at weakness in masculinity and what it means to be a man.

Men have always influenced my work, especially my father, Paul. When focusing on my father the concentration is on weakness within masculinity - looking at how men, especially from a working class background can feel less of a man if out of work and not providing for their family.

Paul has been out of work for 30 years, resulting in living on Jobseekers Allowance and upon turning 60 3 years ago, Paul retired. My father worked for free most of his life, he's not a lazy man, to feel important and relevant he provides big dinners when his daughters are visiting and tends to our mothers garden even though they have been separated nearly 20 years. But all these things make Paul feel like a man. This is very important for the working class male - to feel needed.

The photographs of Paul convey a lost generation, one that survived on the dole and smoked countless amounts of cannabis. Paul is still surviving.

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