Nominated by Aaron Schuman, Jack Latham, Alejandro Acin (Award-winning Photographers)
Billy Barraclough (b. 1994) is a photographic artist based in London. Directed by his curiosity in the relationship between people and their environment, his work to date has explored ideas around identity, emotion and personal history. Barraclough is interested in weaving together loose narratives that play on the metaphorical potential of photographs. He is a recent graduate of the MA Photography programme at Bristol UWE and was recently selected as one of the British Journal of Photography’s ‘Ones to Watch’ as well as being nominated as a FUTURES Photography Talent of 2021.
Barraclough’s debut photobook Murmurations, published by besides press, is being released in October 2021.
‘Murmurations’ is a study of the shape, form and scale of starling murmurations but is also a personal reflection on the current global crises, the heightened connection to nature during this period, and the act of coming together and converging as a group, or crowd.
The project is presented alongside newly commissioned poetry by poet Lue Mac.
As the winter lockdown hit, I began visiting a local murmuration as an almost daily ritual to reconnect with nature
the long walk to the wetlands serving as a moment to reflect on the surreal situation imposed by the pandemic. At this time of worldwide crisis – when individuals are asked to sacrifice their freedoms for the sake of something larger – murmurations can be seen as an apt metaphor.
The project has been taken forward by a newly formed photobook publishers called Besides Press and is launching on 1 October 2021.