The Unattended Funeral

David Donovan-Brown

David Donovan-Brown revisits his past while retracing his late father’s footsteps.

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Donovan-Brown is a photographer based in Newport, South Wales. His on-going project “The Unattended Funeral” explores his relationship with his late father. They re-met when he was 21, 18 years after they last spoke, to find his father was now working in America. Due to the nature of his father’s work and the time spent before seeing each other, Donovan-Brown felt that there was a lack of closure following his father’s death 6 years afterwards. Using found objects and partaking on a personal pilgrimage that saw him revisit the route in which his father’s ashes had been taken to Davenport, USA.

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Donovan-Brown portrays the frustration of lack of information in his photographs, piecing together snippets of life with archival images. ‘The Unattended Funeral’ is his attempt at consolidating all of these snippets into a poetic broken portrait of a father who he hardly new. 

You can see more of David’s work at daviddonovanbrown.co.uk

@joedonovanbrown

Jack Latham