PROJECTS / Breaking Point

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Breaking Point

“Breaking Point” is a photographic project about resilience, and our ability to push through adversity, hardship and fear. The term “Breaking Point” is used in breath-hold diving.  Japanese fisherman would train themselves to hold their breath for longer and longer periods underwater.   It is the moment a person submits to their overwhelming urge to take a breath that is their breaking point.  This photographic series began as a personal project to investigate the artist’s past fears of drowning and everything that particular fear represented. While uncovering her own, she photographs someone else moving past their own physical and psychological limitations. She’s interested in how much of a person’s desire to take a breath at a particular moment is a manifestation of their own fears or self limitations.  In this ongoing series she  approaches acquaintances and strangers asking them to pose for her in a bath holding their breath and coming up for air at their personal breaking point. Capturing this moment results in an intimate and emotive transaction between the subject and artist revealing their innermost fears, triumphs and the time in between. The first image in this series won the prestigious Curtin O’Donoghue Photography Award in the Royal Hibernian Academy 2011.