Lucy Saggers is a photographer whose work brings our attention to the telling nature of what many might consider the mundane.
Her fascination is with the connections within rural communities and their landscape. Lucy's long term project documents lives and stories in the village of Ampleforth, on the edge of the North York Moors National Park. A selection of this work has been self-published (Of Life and Land, 2018) and a larger collection will be published in late 2019 (Bluecoat Press).
Lucy lives in Ampleforth, North Yorkshire and is available for commissions throughout the UK.
Lucy has exhibited regionally and nationally, including at the Mall Galleries
as a finalist in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Award
2015 and 2016; and at the Prince's Foundation
as Winner of Craft Photographer of the Year 2015.
In 2018 Lucy was shortlisted for the Royal Photographic Society's
International Photography Exhibition 161 and nominated for the RPS Hundred Heroines
. In 2019 she reached the second round of the British Journal of Photography
Portrait of Humanity.
In 2017 'Coconut slice' was Highly Commended in the Bowes Museum
's Only in the North.
In 2015 Lucy reached the second round of the National Portrait Gallery
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.
'OF LIFE AND LAND' (see PROJECTS
Lucy's long term project, Of Life and Land, examines her home village and its landscape.
In a corner of North Yorkshire, Ampleforth lies tucked along the hillside below the moors. The place, like any other, holds the stories of the lives of its inhabitants, both past and present. Spending time in one location, looking at the ordinary, every day goings-on, the layers and connections among individuals begin to surface, revealing the entwined threads of people's lives. This community has been here since records began: some of its families can be traced back to the Domesday Book; but some have been here only a short time. Some will stay for their forever, and some will soon be gone. For now its people leave impressions on each other and on the place - and in turn, the place leaves its mark on them.
Since 2013 Lucy has photographed this unique and yet universally resonant community and its landscape, with a particular concentration on the timeless certainties most vulnerable from the current modernising, tidying, technological society.
"These wonderful photographs are poems and short stories; they are miniatures and epics; they are tiny movements at the edge of the folding map and huge gestures at the vortex of the turning world.
Lucy Saggers’s images have the timelessness of cave paintings but, somehow the modernity of Instagram. We share their humanity and they amplify ours.
Swim around in these deep, deep photographs and then look around your own street, your own village, your own neighbourhood and try and find the timeless stories there because in the end none of us, as Lucy Saggers proves, is very far from the centre of things.
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