Trained in Fine Art, Rae’s work uses photography and text to explore representation, femininity, consumer culture and the everyday.
Rae's research aims to analyse the labour of femininity in a contemporary photographic culture where this still remains largely invisible. My research often uses a model of image-making which is largely dialogic and interactive in its involvement of participants. Central to this is the relationship between photographer and subject.
Recent publications include Kurl up n Dye, a monograph published by Wild Pansy Press with an introduction by Simon Grennan and incorporating photographs and typography investigating the vernacular in British high street culture. A feature on the book was recently on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. The research has led to a number of conference papers and articles exploring the photographic image in terms of the vernacular, cultural anthropology and material culture.
Current work in progress The Grammar of Glamour; Shooting the High Street involves an investigation into the materiality of photographic media. The project uses experimental visual ethnography that explores relationships between material culture, social space and the street.
MA Social History of Art, University of Leeds
BA Fine Art, Brighton Polytechnic
Ines is currently Lecturer in Creative Media (Photography) at Plymouth University