The Unexplained is a project that considers the fact that 250,000 people of all ages and backgrounds go missing in the U.K. each year. Some return, some change their identity, some are found dead and some are never found. Each missing case is different, however the standardised police procedure for every missing case they receive can be seen as the removal of individual human presence.
I created my series in locations I chose at random: I wanted to create spontaneity, replicating the unpredictable nature of when and where people go missing. I removed nearly all of the human features of the models, because I wanted to show the cause as being inhuman like. In which I mean it’s out of character of the social normality for people to just disappear.
The disappearance of people is random and often unspectacular circumstances is a disturbing subject matter: we don’t wish it on anyone and hope it doesn’t happen to us. I researched various cases of missing people around the country, and each case I looked into were so unique, that I felt this project would fit better in many different locations, with different models for each one.
Each image is informed by the cases I have researched: this image, for example, was based on an elderly gentleman who lived by the seaside, who had gone missing, and has still never been found to this day.