Despite growing up in a city (Oxford), I have always been drawn to photographing the everyday stories of rural landscapes and the lives they hold. Now based in deeply rural North Yorkshire, I am particularly interested in the importance of community: the connections between people, and relationships between people and the landscape. My work considers the impressions we leave on each other and on the land, and in turn, the marks that a place may leave on us. Central to my practice is spending time developing understanding and trust between my subjects and me, allowing a natural authenticity into my documentary portraits and landscapes. Working in both colour and black and white, I would like my pictures to convey the timeless, universal resonance of the unending rhythms of life. I try to work unobtrusively, using a handheld, mirrorless camera with a manual focus 40mm lens and available light, applying techniques to reach into the shadows of the natural world, or dark domestic and agricultural interiors. From my home studio, I produce photographic prints on heavyweight, mat, fine art paper giving an honest immediacy and evocative quality.
Inspired by my own evolving sense of belonging, my long-term project Ampleforth Lives and Landscapes
describes the everyday deep connections among individual and overlapping lives within my rural village community. With funding from Ryedale District Council's Creative Economy
a selection of this work was self-published (Of Life and Land, 2018).
A larger collection (working title ’Ford of the Sorrel‘) will be published by Bluecoat Press
2020 Imagining an Island
virtual exhibition in association with Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre
2020 Shutter Hub YearBook 2020
2019 final round British Journal of Photography
Portrait of Humanity
2018 shortlist Royal Photographic Society
International Photography Exhibition 161
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.
"Lucy Saggers is a modern visual poet."
Joe Cornish, 2018
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