Lucy is a photographer based in England's rural North Yorkshire, with a particular interest in documenting how we live.
Her major long-term project, OF LIFE AND LAND, describes deep connections among individual, overlapping lives within a single rural North Yorkshire village. A selection of this work has been self-published (Of Life and Land, 2018) with support from Ryedale District Council. In 2020 a larger collection will be published by Bluecoat Press
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.
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 second round National Portrait Gallery
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
In addition to her own work, Lucy undertakes commissions, talks and workshops. Please don't hesitate to get in touch for any more information.
OF LIFE AND LAND
Lucy's long term project, Of Life and Land, is inspired by the sense of belonging she derives from living in a small rural community. The photographs describe the rhythms of everyday life in her home village and its landscape. Inspired for almost as long as she can remember by James Ravilious' emphasis on 'the washing up, not the news
', Lucy is struck that it is how we spend our days that determines how we spend our lives.
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 individual and overlapping lives of its inhabitants, both past and present. The community has been there since records began: some of its families can be traced back to the Domesday Book; whereas some have been there 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.
"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.
Ian McMillan, 2018
"Lucy Saggers is a modern visual poet."
Joe Cornish, 2018
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