Science fiction writer Brian Aldiss, features in his daughter's photography in an exhibition of all of his possessions.

Wendy Aldiss, 60 is an Oxford photographer and the daughter of the late Brian Aldiss who died in 2017.

Mr Aldiss was an accomplished writer of science fiction and the author of the classic Helliconia trilogy and the short story, Super Toys Last All Summer Long, which was later the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 2001 film AI. He was also the editor of the Oxford Mail.

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Usually Ms Aldiss focuses her work on the human form and existence, but after her father's death she found herself gripped on photographing his possessions and made a collection called, ‘My Father’s Belongings’.

Oxford Mail:

Ms Aldiss said: “I was very close to my dad, he was very important to me and one of the things I was missing was photographing him, not that I photographed him a lot it's just that photography is one of the ways I deal with things.”

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She continued:“For me it was part of the grieving process, a lot of people understand the grief of dealing with deceased family members possessions. There I was in his house discovering things, some were a delight, some were challenging but it's my ideal to be gripped.”

Oxford Mail:

Ms Aldiss went though her father's belongings she found everyday mundane objects such as a nail brush, cutlery and pencils. She also found objects that represented him as a writer, such as, books, a dvd collection and awards.

Some of the possessions were emotional for Ms Aldiss including notes and a painting which had a note to her on the back.

Although she was rummaging through her father's stuff, Ms Aldiss explained: “I never felt like it was an intrusion, it got me closer to him I think he would have liked it.”

Oxford Mail:

Out of all the pictures Ms Aldiss took of the possessions, one stands out, she said: “The picture of the nail brush has been given a couple of awards and when I print it big it gets responses because it is quite grubby. So that is one of my favourites because it generates response from people.”

The project took nine months and Ms Aldis said it became almost impossible to throw things out, she even put the objects back in the same space she found them in.

Oxford Mail:

Ms Aldiss said: “I found a lot of notebooks that he would have either sketched something or written something in. It was very important to me until the point we had probate that everything went back into the same space and on the same shelf.”

Mr Aldiss had an accomplished career as a world renowned writer and had many hobbies, from writing to painting.

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Ms Aldiss said: “He was an incredible person who just seemed to have time for things that people would have done a third of.”

My Father’s Things, will be exhibited in next year’s Photo50 which is part of the London Art Fair running January 22-26.