Daniel Dale


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The colour photographs in A Field Guide to Happiness present an ongoing search for something we all agree exists but no one can prove - happiness. Presented as evidence of intentional and unintentional everyday actions that, both singularly and as a sum of their parts, evokes something close to a smile. Photographically the project follows motifs of colour, form, and serendipity within the ordinary, but also, plays with the idea of language, abstraction, and satire as a whole. Since we cannot know other peoples happiness definitively, the word becomes malleable and unknown, leading to the smallest, and the largest, as a cause for happiness. This fascination with the ‘ordinary’, surrounds us and unfolds into an offbeat and ostensive questioning that repeatedly asks, ‘Is this happiness?’
















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