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Photo Description: These images are about my experience with having a congenital Atrial Septic Defect (ASD- a hole between the two upper chambers of the heart) as a child, resulting in an operation involving in it being patched. I have investigated different aspects of this experience by looking into what it involved and how it affected my family. As a memory from such an early stage in my life, this experience has always been an important part of my past. By the use of lamb’s hearts, I could achieve a great deal of emotion in my images by the physical representation of my own heart. I used the idea of ‘broken but fixed’ in many of my shoots as a metaphor for my heart defect, as a representation of my own heart operation. Dealing with this issue in my project means that I can fully explore the experience and use things from it that I remember, to allow the audience to connect with story.

Jamilla Carlson , 17 yrs

The Thomas Hardye School