Although growing up in a city (Oxford), I have always been drawn to photographing stories of landscapes and the lives they hold. Now based in North Yorkshire, I am interested in the impressions we leave on each other and the land, and in turn, the marks a place may leave on us. Central to my practice is spending time developing understanding and trust with the people I photograph, allowing a natural authenticity into my documentary portraits. To emphasize key elements of light, composition, and texture I often work in black and white: perhaps it also better conveys the timeless, universal resonance of the unending rhythms of life? Using a handheld camera, available light, and techniques to reach into the shadows in dark domestic and agricultural interiors, I can remain unobtrusive, and produce photographic prints with an honest immediacy and evocative quality.
Inspired by my own evolving sense of belonging, my major long-term project describes the everyday deep connections among individual and overlapping lives within a single rural North Yorkshire village. With funding from Ryedale District Council's Creative Economy
a selection of this work was self-published (Of Life and Land, 2018). In autumn 2020 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 shortlisted Royal Photographic Society's
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
In addition to my personal work, I undertake commissions, talks, and workshops.
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"Lucy Saggers is a modern visual poet."
Joe Cornish, 2018
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