I am a photographer drawn to stories of everyday life, particularly the connections between people and their landscape. I am interested in the impressions we leave on each other, on the land, and - in turn - the marks a place may leave on us. I love to develop understanding and trust with participants, to allow natural authenticity into my documentary portraits. Working in both colour and black and white, and remaining as unobtrusive as possible, I use a handheld camera and available light, applying techniques to reach into the shadows of the natural world or dark domestic and agricultural interiors. From my home studio in rural North Yorkshire I make prints on heavyweight, pure cotton, matte, fine art paper giving an honest immediacy and evocative quality.
My long-term work Ford of the Sorrel
documents life in my rural home village of Ampleforth, North Yorkshire. A book of this work describing deep-rooted connections among overlapping lives will be published by Bluecoat Press
in September 2021.
Through Redeye's Lightbox 2021 programme I am now a member of Ink
, a photography collective. We will be showing new work, Bees (and other species) at Diffusion
- Wales International Festival of Photography 1-31 October 2021.
2021 All in a Day's Work
shines a light on the important and often overlooked roles women hold in farming. Commissioned by the Yorkshire Rural Support Network (part of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society
) and funded by The Prince's Countryside Fund, NFU and Yorkshire Agricultural Society. The work was first shown at the Great Yorkshire Show.
2021 Swine Gill photograph selected for Art from the Heart, Zuleika Gallery
, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
2020 Imagining an Island
featured selected pictures from Ford of the Sorrel in this virtual exhibition in association with Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre
2020 work included in Shutter Hub YearBook 2020
2019 final round British Journal of Photography
Portrait of Humanity
2018 shortlist Royal Photographic Society
International Photography Exhibition 161
2018 Of Life and Land, self-published book of selected pictures from long-term project, Ford of the Sorrel, suppported by Ryedale District Council's Creative Economy
2018 nominated RPS Hundred Heroines
2017 highly commended Bowes Museum
Only in the North
2015 winner, Craft Photographer of the Year, Prince’s Foundation, London
2015 second round National Portrait Gallery
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
Commissions, talks & workshops
In addition to my personal work, I undertake commissions, talks, and workshops. Please don't hesitate to be in touch for more information or any thoughts you'd like to chat through.
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