The image is kind of a hybrid at this early stage, a way of approaching research in a way that is not visually dull. I am photographing the actual spaces where I gather the clothing and clothing from that space, in a way that becomes an aestheticised form of research and one that also references crime scene photography. It may become a piece of work in its own right and part of a series but at this stage it is more research as work. It’s also one image from a commission from a men’s fashion magazine, so for me it’s an interesting clash of practice/research/commerce, where crucially the context remains true to my own intentions and motivations as an artist.
Treacy’s work has been exhibited widely in Europe, Canada, and the US, including “Theatres of the Real,” PhotoMuseum Antwerp, Belgium; ‘New Photography in Britain,” Galleria Civica de Modena, Italy; and “To Be Continued,” The Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland. Treacy received the 2009 Man Photography Prize for “Them,” and was the inaugural recipient of the Jerwood/Portfolio Photography Award in 2003. His work is featured in the publications Auto Focus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography (Thames & Hudson, 2010) and Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon, 2006).BACK TO PHOTO