I create photographic work which explores the landscape in its variety of forms. What constitutes a place or gives a place its identity is the result of a multitude of factors ranging from the weather, the geological makeup, the wildlife the people who occupy and the work the land through to the ways in which we interact with it or how it may impact upon us emotionally, phycaically and mentally. I am interested in photographing component parts of specific locations and places bringing these images together to give a sense of place and identity.
This portrayal is influenced by my own personal experiences, thoughts, feelings and emotions when within these landscapes. Additionally, the work is developed by repetitive visits and extensive walking for an immersive unfurling as well as heavy supportive desk-based research which I do through reading, writing and investigative endeavours to aid in fostering knowledge and farmiliarity.
I am a member of Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Nature First (the Alliance for Responsible Nature Photography) and am also a member of the Royal Photographic Society. I work hard to ensure my practice as a photographer has a minimal impact on the environment and the wildlife contained within it and I constantly review and monitor my activity. All photographic prints that I produce are done so using the Giclee printing pricess on paper types regarded as being the least impactful on the environment in their material makeup as well as the manufacturing process to produce them so these are typically formed of cotton-based papers and Awagami Washi Bamboo paper which uses 70% bamboo fibre and 30% recycled pulp. It is highlighted as a 100% ecological paper and uses pure mountain water and eco-friendly bleaching agents. The c-type print process and resin coated papers are regarded as being the most harmful and so these do not form part of my practice.
I was Born in 1980 and grew up in the beautiful market town of Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, renowned for its historic Abbey Gardens, an epic cathedral and the infamous Christmas markets. At present I reside on the East coast of Suffolk, near to the most eastern point of the British Isles.
Some of my photographic works have been exhibited nationally in locations such as the Waterfront Gallery in Ipswich, PhotoEast Festival, Candid Arts Centre London, The Cass, London and The Menier Gallery, London. I hold a BA (Hons) in Photography which I studied for at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich. I am a contributor for Millennium Images Agency in London.
Prior to moving into photography in a more formal manner, I worked in a variety of administrative and office-based roles including accounting and payroll and also a trade union when studying for my degree. Throughout my school years my strongest subjects were always the creative ones and I excelled at music and art. My interests in photography came from a childhood obsession with the family photo albums and the endless fascination with the photograph's ability to hold a moment in time which, when revisited, enabled you to return there for a moment, a reawakening of the smells, sounds and the moments that surrounded the photograph being taken.
My hobbies and interests outside of photography involve lots of walking and I love to travel and discover new places. I am a cat lady through and through, there has never been a point where my home has not had a cat in it. I currently have two Ragdoll cats named Cosmo and Sweep. I have a real love for films, particularly those based on true life events. I am a vegetarian. I do some Brand Ambassador work for Ecovibe UK to help promote the use of non-plastic products which are made from natural materials.