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In an age of ‘disembodied media’ to be present is not a requirement for interaction. Much of contemporary life is a series of absent-presences; a voice on a phone or an image on a screen. As Walter Benjamin argues in his acclaimed essay; ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’; mass reproduction has stripped art of its ‘aura’. In this work, Haugh has begun to explore the materiality and aura of ‘presence’ by using a laborious image making process from the 19th century to photograph those close to him. Haugh has produced one of a kind glass plates in order to translate the experience of ‘presence’ to the viewer. This exploration has led Haugh to reflect on the physicality possible within human interaction and question the role of our daily absent-presences.