Charlie Leigh Sykes

Exploring themes of transition and entrapment through the medium of black and white photography, the images become distorted and uncanny as the viewer looks to seek comfort in the images of transitional objects which can no longer be found. The gaze of the object is often met making the images uncomfortable and disconcerting for those looking at them. The use of monochrome photography strips the objects of any former lightheartedness and they become a metaphor for the process of growing up — the ties and responsibilities that are placed upon us as we venture into adulthood. These are what confine us, they ground us, they stop us from doing the things that we always wanted to do.

Don’t grow up, it’s a trap.