Ocean Farini is a practitioner based in both Falmouth and Derbyshire, UK. Her practice works in and around themes of class, representation, family and humour. She hopes to blur the boundaries between the intimate and the social, view the private as political and take seriously the value of ordinary lives, hopes and dreams. Recently graduated from BA Photography at Falmouth University.
About ‘ Maybe we can get carpet on the stairs this year?’:
Mum empties the receipts and loose change out of the pockets of Dad’s trousers into the palm of her hand. She shouts through to the front room with a laugh, ‘If we save all this change, maybe we can get carpet on the stairs this year!’
At number 18, the churning sound of Mum hoovering is balanced by the lung-like breathing of Dads melodeon. Masculinity comes in the form of squishy, vulnerable, comfortable bodies; tangible and hair covered. We rub our bellies together and share each mornings bath water. Through my photographs, I hope to encourage you to find the joy in every follicle, every ounce of the tragic comedy of ordinary life; it’s all right in front of you.