Ruth McKeand

I am a photography student with a lot of love for the lens-based medium. My primary interests are based in social documentary (pictures of those around me), the intuitive capturing of emotion/energy. However, I am currently working more conceptually, exploring the importance and intricacies of ‘touch’, and I am enjoying the challenge of pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Wilfully ignoring the traditional methods of print, I have been experimenting with more tactile forms of presenting my work, from tiles to fabrics and thermal prints to moving image. I believe it is essential as an artist to

be unafraid of trying new things, not knowing the answer but being able to ask for help.


Cheek to Cheek

This project was exploring 'touch', I was democratically documenting between the clubs and bedrooms. There was an enlightening comparison between the public and the private.

Cheek to Cheek

Cheek to Cheek

Ode to Keats

A collaboration between myself and Ellie Ward, a poet and activist, resulted in a short film. Ellie wrote a poem responding to John Keats, I directed and edited the film to accompany the written piece. Image: a still from BTS

The Cockles of Your Heart

The continuation of my 'Cheek to Cheek' project led me to work more introspectively. I traversed the importance and intricacies of touch, specifically as a form of communication.