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Social Distress Signals' is a collection of images showing the world through the lens of childhood trauma, and the impact on that world that can only be avoided by a process of healing. The aesthetic look and feel is derived from the advertising industry in which brands vie for the attention of the people who can serve their needs best, sometimes subtly but often garishly screaming with a misguided and childlike impatience. But despite this, the underlying concept behind advertising is aspiration, the hope that some day you can be a better version of yourself. My images speak to that ability within us all to heal, to better ourselves. Gavin Martin is a Commercial and Fine Art Photographer, living and working in Belfast and around the UK. He is a graduate of the 2021 MFA Photography course at the University of Ulster.

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