Matthew Barnett Photography Gallery 2022


In this project I focused on exploring the concept of lost, both in terms of lost items and feeling lost in life. To me lost is the emotion that comes from a lack of purpose or motivation in life, an all-encompassing depressing feeling that is felt widely among the working classes within cities due to the inevitable monotony of our lives.

My aim was to accurately convey this feeling of being lost through my photographs, using street photography to capture the hidden feelings of the public. Using film and other analogue techniques was important to this project because it helped me to photograph scenes that were real and in the moment, as well as create small imperfections in the images that suggests they have been lost or forgotten.

On top of this, the exploration into surrealism allowed me to convey a greater sense of being lost through the chaos of public spaces and, by extension, society.