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. Almost all of my recent work has been shot with a Holga lens. For my current exhibition, I Dream - Ida Copeland and the Girl Guides (at National Trust Trelissick, Cornwall) I photographed past and present Girl Guide using a Holga lens on a digital camera body.
I love the low fidelity of the Holga lens, as well as its unpredictability. For me, Holga photographs are like dreams or visions -- places where reality is suspended and the imagination takes over. These blurred, vignetted images are very well suited to the historic subjects that fascinate me, as their vintage look creates an immediate link between the past and the present.
My work has been described as 'idyllic' and 'atmospheric, with a lightness of touch'. No matter what the subject matter, my emphasis is on light and mood, and my intention is to create a painterly image that evokes emotion. If you are interested in purchasing prints of my work, please contact me for details.