From her visits to countries as far afield as Vietnam and Cuba, Ruth has put
together a collection of portraits of people met during her travels - people
with whom she engaged in conversation to learn something about their lives.
Starting from her original photograph, Ruth then works carefully to
eliminate extraneous details - leaving the figure often in a sculptural
form. She then alters the image resulting in artwork which bears more
resemblance to painting than photography.
Each piece is then mounted on aluminium and set into a deep black box frame.
"I do not like glass to intrude between the viewer and the image - this is
why I choose aluminium as my medium of choice"
With every image there is a narrative - Ruth wants to capture the essence of
each individual by paring away all unneccessary visual elements and leaving
simply the form and nature of the individual.