I am an artist photographer. Throughout the 1980s, I used photographs as source material for my paintings and installations. When I moved on to computer graphics, I created virtual worlds that relied on photographic images for inspiration as well as textures. And as a student of garden design, I became fascinated by the challenge of photographing plants and gardens. For the past 15 years I have been shooting both digital and film photographs. Much of my recent work has been shot with a Holga lens; I also use a Lensbaby for certain effects. For my recent exhibition, I Dream - Ida Copeland and the Girl Guides (at National Trust Trelissick, Cornwall) I photographed past and present Girl Guides using a Holga lens on a digital camera body.
I love selective focus and low fidelity lenses. Their unpredictability makes them a true partner in the creative process, and they are able to capture aspects of a scene that might otherwise go unnoticed. For me, Holga and Lensbaby photographs are like dreams or visions -- places where reality is suspended and the imagination takes over. Holga images are particularly well suited to the historic subjects that fascinate me, because their vintage look creates an immediate link between the past and the present. Lensbaby photographs are dreamy and mystical. They turn ordinary subjects into otherworldly images, filled with chiarascuro lighting effects and intense colours.
No matter what the subject matter, my emphasis is always on light and mood, and my intention is to create a painterly image that evokes an emotional response. I enjoy the challenge of meeting a brief and am always keen to work collaboratively. If you are interested in commissioning work or purchasing prints of my photographs, please do contact me.