KATIE HAYWARD

Artist Statement

I create photographic work which explores the landscape and natural environment in its variety of forms, from wide view landscape studies to intimate plantlife and wildlife studies. What peaks my interest in a place is not just what I find there visually, but is often an underlying narrative such as the exploration of a commercial forest inspired by the ways in which trees can communicate with each other and respond to trauma and pain.  More recently I have been exploring an area of marshland which has transitioned from freshwater to saltwater and is undergoing a simultaneous process of dying and coming back to life.  

My work is not explicitly a traditional perspective of the landscape and what is found there.  I look to experiment with alternative visual representations and processes where I utilise the chemicals found in plants to participate in the process of image creation by reactions with sunlight and photographic chemistry. I also experiment extensively in digital darkroom image production.   Being experimentative in this way means a more intimate knowledge and understanding of the power of nature.

I work with a broad range of photographic image capturing equipment from cameraless image creation and 35mm film cameras through to large format film and full frame digital technologies.  My work with photography is quite broad but this means a significant understanding of its changes through time and its technological developments, advancements and capabilities.  I enjoy pushing the boundries at all ends of the spectrum of what is regarded as photography and to look at alternative ways to convey what is meant by 'landscape'.


Biography

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. I currently still reside in the county of Suffolk.

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.

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.

My hobbies and interests outside of photography involve lots of walking (although this is integral to my practice too).  I love to travel and discover new places, my camera always comes with me and inevitably some artwork comes from this!  I am a cat lady through and through and a real wildlife lover in general. I have a real passion for documentary films and movies based on true life events.  I am an avid vegetarian.  In my spare time I do some occassional Brand Ambassador work for Ecovibe UK to help promote the use of non-plastic products which are made from natural materials.

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