In his latest series Born Free, photographer Cameron Alexander works closely with Alfie, his uncle, to present a story of a man’s life and the way he lives it. The photographs depict Alfie going about his life within a small railway town in the North West of England.
The artist captures the essence of his relationship with Alfie inside the work. At an early age, the photographer’s father left the family home, leaving his mother to raise him and his 4 siblings on her own. In the middle of turmoil, Alfie was never too far to take the much needed lead. Growing up with his uncle around, Alexander learnt the foundations of originality through seeing his uncle live his life out loud.
By photographing the details of his uncle’s life and his struggles, The artist forms a conversation between himself and his uncle through the work. Together, in the virtue of the silence of pictures, they discuss the things that are difficult to say out loud. The work captures Alfie in a forensic sensibility, at times seeming intrusive but always with love and adoration. The relationship between the artist and his uncle is powerful and the pictures demonstrate the close bond they share.
In Born Free we see Alfie’s struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety and Depression come to the forefront of conversation. The pictures leave nothing to imagination and by doing so portray Alfie in all his honesty. Masculinity, Sexuality and Loneliness are the foundations of this body of work, sitting quietly in each photograph yet speaking volumes in return.