• Statement | CV

Current Project

Living Echo II


See the VIDEO and MAGAZINE FEATURE.

I'm currently working long term on a series of ephemeral chlorophyll prints; perhaps the most natural form of photography, using the leaf's own light sensitive cells to make the image. Just as the leaf had a lifespan, so does the image now printed into the leaf. The sunlight which made the image will slowly destroy it. This work started in 2010 with ‘Still Alive’, a series of six chlorophyl prints. I showed a much larger and more developed series of chlorphyll prints in my exhibtion 'Living Echo' in 2012. Have a look here for more information.

Through this body of work I explore the links between science and art, between human and plant bodies, and our understandings of the life cycle.

Alongside this personal work I am developing a series of children’s workshops, looking at the science of photosynthesis and the effect of excess sunlight on living cells; plant, animal or human.

Work from Still Alive and Living Echo have ben selected in three international photography competitions since 2010.
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My approach so far

I think photography is a great way for people to communicate; to tell your own story but also to listen to other's.



This approach has been the basis of several of my projects. In 2005-6 I lived and photographed in Cuba for a year, returning in 2007. During my time in Cuba I was privileged to apprentice then collaborate with some of the island’s most celebrated photographers such as Felix Arencibia and Elio Delgado Valdés. I worked collaboratively with diverse groups of people from Santería priests in Havana, learning about Afro-Cuban culture, to the remote farming village of Alonso de Roja, where I gained an insight into rural life on the island.
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In 2008 I travelled to Chiapas, Mexico to complete my MA research amongst a group of indigenous photographers. There I learnt about their unique relationships with photography and as part of my research I also ran a series of workshops called ‘Let’s Take Photos of Gringos!’. I returned in 2010 as an Artist in Residence, Photography Teacher and Assistant to the Director. I designed and ran a 2 month course exploring how pinhole photography can be an accessible way to enjoy photography without having to spend a lot of money. We also worked collaboratively to produce a leaflet advising visitors on how to use their cameras in the region without causing offence to indigenous local people. This leaflet was based on my MA research.

And yet turning my lens to my home town of Bristol, UK has been in many ways the most rewarding project of all. The vibrant diversity of this city has been a continual inspiration.

I have also worked with several squatter communities, using photography collaboratively to help move past negative stereotypes and build a feeling community. In the Waiting Rooms project we explored one household's touching relationship with the history of their home, and how the economic downturn already has its own poppy fields.
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Education

March 2009: CertTESOL Teaching English as a Foreign Language

2007 - 2008: University of Bristol: MA Empires; Peoples, Histories and Cultures (Destinction)

2005 - 2006: José Martí International Journalism Institute, Havana: Documentary Photography (Distinction). Awarded membership of the Iberoamerican Foundation of Photography on completing the course.

2003 - 2007: University of Bristol: BA Spanish, specialising in Latin American Studies (1st class)


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[b]Awards

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Feb 2013: Arts Council Grant awarded for two year community photography project 'City to Seaside', which I designed and co-wrote the proposal with Heather Cullimore from Severnside Community Rail Partnership.

May 2012: Finalist in 'RGB Awards 2012' international photography competition, Bristol UK

May 2012: Director's Honourable Mention, 'Alternative Process' international photography competition, Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado, USA


Oct 2010: Finalist in ‘Alternatives’ international photography competition
MPLS Photo Center, Minneapolis, USA

May 2008: Arts and Humanities Research Council: Overseas Research Grant

Aug 2007: Arts and Humanities Research Council: Full Study and Subsistence Grant for MA study

2005-2007: University of Bristol: Juan Luís Alarcón Prize for Outstanding Research (2005, 2007); El Alto Prize for Outstanding Research (2007).

Resume

Work with Photography
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Ongoing:
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Jun 13 ---: Artist Commission, large scale permanent art for Hannah More Primary School

May 13 ---: Community Arts Project Leader, Bristol Specialist Drugs and Alcohol Service (NHS) Bristol

Mar 13 ---: Community Arts Project Leader, Hannah More Primary School, Bristol

Apr 12 - Dec 14: Community Arts Project Leader, 'City to Seaside', Bristol, Arts Council/First Great Western/ACORP

Jul 11 ---: English Through Photography Teacher, Living Learning English

Oct 10 ---: Photography Teacher, Bristol Folk House

Apr 09 ---: Private Photography Tutor, NEAT Studios

Summary of Past Work:
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Oct 11 - Jun 2012: Writer / Editorial Assistant, Vignette Magazine

Jun 2012: Photography Teacher: Fresh Arts, North Bristol NHS Trust

Sep 2011: Judge, Second Look Annual Photography Competition

Aug 2011: Community Arts Facilitator, Swindon Borough Council

Feb - Apr '11: Community Arts Facilitator, BBC Outreach, Bristol

Mar - May '11: Community Arts Facilitator, Bristol City Council

Feb - May 2010: Education Co-ordinator and Assistant to the Director, Chiapas Photography Project, Mexico [www.chiapasphoto.org]

Nov 2009: Judge, Amateur Photography Competition, Bristol University

List of Exhibitions

Personal:
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F Number, Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol (South West Photographers by invitation), March 2013

Heliacal, St Augustine's Tower, Hackney, London (London Photomonth, by invitation), Oct 2012

** Prize Winner in an international photography competition**
Alternative Processes, Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado, USA, Colorado, USA. Exhibition: 25th May-23rd June 2012.

**Solo Show**
Living Echo - 17-31 May 2012, The Island Gallery, Bristol

Out of the Dark I (Central Library) - 5 -31 May 2012, Bristol Central Library, Bristol

Still Alive - 4-31 May 2012, Bristol Folk House, Bristol

** Finalist in an international photography competition**
RGB Awards 2012: Finalists Exhibition' - 3-31 May 2012, Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol

Light Work - 27 Apr-29 Jun 2012 Wellspring Centre, Bristol

** Finalist in an international photography competition**
“Alternatives: Unconventional & Uncommon Processes" Exhibition, Nov - Dec 2010: MPLS Photo Center, Minneapolis, USA. Book also published.

Oct - Nov 2010: Rhizomatic, Departure Gallery, London

Jul 2010: Island Artists, showcase exhibition, Bridewell Island, Bristol

May - Jun 2010: Still Alive, with NEAT Studios, Bristol Festival of Photography

Sep - Oct 08: Somerset Art Weeks Exhibition, The Meeting House Arts Centre

Oct 2008: The Waiting Rooms, The Emporium, Bristol (Collaboration with squatter communities)

Jan 2007 - Ongoing: Imagining Cuba: Permanent photography exhibition commissioned by Bristol University

1999 - Ongoing: Seasonal Exhibitions in: 303 Gallery; Somerset Guild of Craftsmen; One Gallery; Somerset Arts Weeks events: jewellery and photography.


Facilitated / Curated Community Project Exhibitions:
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26th July 2013: Pinhole Workshop Exhibition at Bristol Recovery Festival, BSDAS, Bristol

June 2013 ---: City to Seaside (phase 1), Lawrence Hill Railway Station, Bristol

June 2013: Our 360 Degree Journey, Hannah More Primary (open with pinhole workshops for Easton Arts Trail), Bristol

April 2011: 'Live In and Live On Easton' BBC Outreach, Bristol

Jun 2010: 'A Different Vision; pinhole photography by Mayan peoples of Chiapas', CIESAS Federal University, Mexico

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