Sunderland student uses photography to heal her broken heart

Reg Vardy Gallery at Ashburne House of Ryhope Road (Final year students display some of their work) - Danish student, Linna Borgesen alongside some of her photographic prints...
Reg Vardy Gallery at Ashburne House of Ryhope Road (Final year students display some of their work) - Danish student, Linna Borgesen alongside some of her photographic prints...
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AFTER splitting with the father of her child, Linna Borgesen used her camera to heal her pain.

The Sunderland University student unveiled her collection called Prisoner of a Beautiful Mind, at the Reg Vardy Gallery, at Ashburne House, Ryhope Road.

Reg Vardy Gallery at Ashburne House of Ryhope Road (Final year students display some of their work) - example of one of Caryan Watts' photographic prints...

Reg Vardy Gallery at Ashburne House of Ryhope Road (Final year students display some of their work) - example of one of Caryan Watts' photographic prints...

It is a collection of 21 photos alongside a selection of poems.

Originally, she had planned her final project around the ideas of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, but then her own state of mind began to feature.

Linna, 27, said: “At first I was just thinking about Jung but I began to see myself in my work.

“I was reading about the unconscious mind and the end result has been quite abstract. I was interested in that state of mind just before you fall asleep, the hidden content of the mind. I was going through a personal crisis – I split up with the father of my child, and the project became about that too.

Reg Vardy Gallery at Ashburne House of Ryhope Road (Final year students display some of their work) - Caryan Watts alongside some of her photographic prints...

Reg Vardy Gallery at Ashburne House of Ryhope Road (Final year students display some of their work) - Caryan Watts alongside some of her photographic prints...

“When I looked back at the photos I could see what I was feeling that I hadn’t been aware of at the time, it was my unconscious mind at work.”

Linna grew up in Denmark but moved to the North East to work for Vauxhall as a customer care representative.

She said “I was only meant to move here for a year to work, but I met a Geordie lad and ended up staying and we had a child.”

Linna then chose to study for a degree.

Reg Vardy Gallery at Ashburne House of Ryhope Road (Final year students display some of their work) - example of one of Linna Borgesen's photographic prints...

Reg Vardy Gallery at Ashburne House of Ryhope Road (Final year students display some of their work) - example of one of Linna Borgesen's photographic prints...

Her exhibition is a mixture of hope and despair.

Linna said: “It all started with one picture and built from there. It’s of a bird feeder which represents the mind as a cage and the branches are all the turmoil around it.”

Today, Linna is looking forward to her next move, studying an MA in photography and the land at Plymouth University.

Student Caryan Watts, 22, also chose memory as her inspiration, recreating snippets of her childhood for her installation, called Dust from the Steps Before.

She stepped back in time and revisited her life between the ages of three and seven.

Caryan said: “I was looking at a happy time, before anything was too serious. It’s nice to look back, but it’s sad as well – it’s bitter sweet because that time has gone. I’m glad I did the project because it made me appreciate how nice things were.

“I started with the idea of the family album and photos of where I live and then started looking at the things you never normally photograph. I had a lot of really vivid memories that I didn’t have photos of.”

Caryan and Linna’s work is on display at the Reg Vardy Gallery between 5pm and 8pm until Friday.