My series Force Fields has won the Alternative Processes Series in the 17th edition of the Pollux Awards. The jurors were Julio Hirsch-Hardy and Elena Paraskeva. A selection of the images will be on show at the 17th Pollux Awards Exhibition, FotoNostrum Gallery in Barcelona October 13-30, 2022.
My work is on show in the exhibition Postcards from Europe at Art at the ARB at Cambridge University
‘Reverie’ from my series ‘Betwixt’ has been selected for the Best of Show International Photography Awards exhibition. Alice Gabriner, IPA best in show curator, says ‘These 30 photographs exhibited represent the myriad ways we see, encapsulating the interpretations, experiences, and imagination of the diverse individuals behind the camera. Whether it be a visual love poem, a unique observation, or a historic event witnessed, the collective work links together art, evidence, artifacts, and fleeting moments frozen in time. Photography has the magical power to transform three dimensions into a flattened plane. An entirely new perspective is forever preserved. The resulting images, once offered to the world, have the power to connect us across borders and through time.’
Irina Chmyreva, PhD ‘It is so simple, already existed in imagination, pure and stylistically accurate. It is full of visual quotes and fresh. There are reminiscent of posters of cold war and cinephilia (movie mania), of children’s fears and dark dreams of adults… I can say just: bravo.’
Force Fields is Runner-up Julia Margaret Cameron Award: Alternative Processes Series. The jurors for this year’s 17th edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award were Laura Noble and Jeannie Rickets.
The Prix de la Photographie, Paris (PX3) strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris. A selection of work from this competition is displayed in Paris and the winners are published in the PX3 Annual Book. Juried by leading editors, publishers, curators, gallery owners, consultants, creative directors, and art directors, PX3 brings the best of photography from across the globe to Paris.
St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery
11 September 2021 – 8 January 2022
Unsettling Landscapes explores eerie portrayals of the British countryside from the 20th and 21st centuries: an unquiet counterpoint to the pastoral tradition, imagery that ‘trips, bites and troubles’
An exhibition exploring eerie representations of rural landscapes from the aftermath of the First World War to the present. In his essay for the catalogue Robert Macfarlane explains that the eerie ‘involves that form of fear which is felt first as unease then as dread, and it tends to be incited by glimpses and tremors rather than outright attack. Horror specialises in confrontation and aggression; the eerie in intimation and intimidation.
The exhibition is grouped around four overlapping themes:
Ancient Landscapes — features that are inexplicable and mysterious that connect us to the unknown distant past
Unquiet Nature — natural forms used to unsettling effect, such as trees, lonely expanses of heath and the borderlands where different worlds meet
Absence/Presence — how the inclusion or absence of figures and objects invoke the eerie through uncertainty and suggestion
Atmospheric Effect — the influence of weather, season, light and time of day on our responses to landscape.
Historic Artists represented include Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland, John Piper, Monica Poole, Henry Moore, John Craxton, Edward Burra and Michael Ayrton. Among those contemporary artists taking part are George Shaw, Ingrid Pollard, Elizabeth Magill, Paul Kershaw, Jeremy Millar, Jeremy Gardiner, Laurence Edwards, Sara Hannant, Blaze Cyan and Annie Ovenden. Also featured is artwork from Ghost Box ‘a record label for a group of artists exploring the misremembered musical history of a parallel world’ whose eerie recordings and design ethos have been influencing the contemporary concept of hauntology since 2004.
The Sky in Legend and Tradition
The Fifteenth Legendary Weekend of The Folklore Society
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September 2021
The Medieval Hall in Cathedral Close, Salisbury SP1 2EY
The flying pigs are knocking on Heaven’s door while thunderbirds circle the Merry Dancers and a woman standing on the moon bends over Endymion. Dragons release thunderbolts as parachuting nuns descend on Area 51. We’re walking in the air with flying ointment at the back of the North Wind when what to my wondering eyes should appear but a firedrake on a flying carpet. Horse and hattock! call the broomstick witches – Icarus is felled by elfshot but the Night Voyage is bright as St. Elmo’s fire on Jacob’s ladder, Bifrost trembles and a third part of the stars flame amazement. Let Phaethon saddle Pegasus and the Wild Huntsman chase Seven Whistlers through the Pearly Gates, for these late eclipses of the sun and moon are no twinkling little stars. Waft her, angels, to the skies where rain goes away in the sundance of Easter morning, there are gremlins in the chariots of the gods and Fata Morgana will buy us a stairway to Heaven.
Registration is £60 for the full weekend. To register, contact Jeremy Harte at email@example.com.
OPEN 2020/21 in the Gallery Café at St. Margaret’s House in Bethnal Green, London, from 01 September – 10 October 2021
Ley has been selected by Emma Bowkett and Zelda Cheatle for Salon/21 at Photofusion
3 Space International House,
6 Canterbury Crescent,
The exhibition, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Photofusion, opens on 13 July – 31 August 2021. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/salon21-tickets-161917225781
Published by Magickal Women & Company Publications.
Distributed by Hadean Press.
Edited by Sue Terry & Erzebet Barthold.
Cover art by Sara Hannant.
70 colour images.
189mm x 246mm.
Published June 2021.
Hardcover edition only, limited to 300 copies, strict. £60
Sewn bound hardback with Wibalin black endpapers and black head and tail bands, covered in Toile du Marais Aurore with black foil lettering on front and spine.
Force Fields has been shortlisted for the Siena Creative Photo Awards 2021. Occult forces of nature are evoked in antique magic lantern slides of British landscapes. Ethereal energy fields appear to be emanating like auras from trees and rocks. These picturesque views are seemingly inhabited by psychic phenomena. The products of once frozen photographic moments are enlivened through air and moisture into a process of transformation. Decay and disintegration merge with the image on the glass, forming patterns shaped like roots, leaves and ectoplasmic fissures, reclaiming the mechanical capture to become a sensory language that is used to describe a newly imagined and haunted landscape. Some of the marks appear corrosive pointing to an intrusion or imbalance with the natural world alluding to our environmentally challenged existence.
Julia Margaret Cameron Award 2021, Culture and Daily Life Series, Honourable Mention
Natural Magic has received 2021 Pollux Awards, Still Life Series, Second Place
2021 Julia Margaret Cameron, Still Life Series, Honourable Mention
2020 International Photo Awards, Fine Art: Still Life Series, Honourable Mention
Photographing in a time of pandemic. Surrounded by uncertainty, I sought comfort from new rituals using ancient magic. In these rites of photographic evocation, I explore objects and materials attributed with the power to protect the body, the house, and the family, from invisible dangers. I decided to suspend a veil in front of the objects as a visual metaphor for the mysterious division which separates the esoteric realm beyond the actual. An ethereal impression of the objects is created as the veil moves, shields, and interacts with the light. The real and the imagined become blurred, giving a benign sense of solace.
Shutter Hub have selected my work to feature in their current exhibition POSTCARDS FROM GREAT BRITAIN The largescale project invites photographers to share their visions of British culture through photographic images and create conversations and exchange.
Pop-up exhibitions are being held in locations across Europe, showcasing thousands of postcard-sized images. In a significant time in European history this project sets out to document and share aspects of British culture, spanning all genres of photography, and collating images which include social, political, historical, traditional and observational responses.
Thanks to Shutter Hub member Orande Mensink and her neighbour Madeleine Hoogestegeer, POSTCARDS FROM GREAT BRITAIN has popped up for the second time in the Dutch city of Bergen op Zoom, and will be on display until 20 April 2021, at Bredasestraat 14.
The World Within: Photo works realised during the lockdown in Europe (March to June 2020)
The book reveals the exceptional work created by photographers confined in Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hangar Photo Art Center launched a photographic mission to the artists: present their vision of “the world within” through a positive lens, bursting the quarantine universe.
With nearly 600 images and some special pages dedicated to the 27 laureates, the publication reveals the different views of each of the photographers: personal and sensible approaches that show how creativity, empathy, love, reflection, sense of humour, and the inspiration of nature were part of their lives at this particular time. The World Within includes an image from my Natural Magic series, Sum of All.
This book, a visual trace of a historical moment, will be released by Hangar Photo Art Center during the PhotoBrussels Festival 05 “The World Within” in November 2020.
The International Photography Awards is delighted to announce the category winners and finalists in its 2020 Photography Competition. My series Natural Magic has been awarded an Honourable mention in the Fine Art, Still Life category.
In the series Betwixt, children interact with projected archival images, merging history with the present moment. The slides, like magic, lay claim to another reality, time and place. Here, in this liminal state, the photograph acts as a space of becoming, in which meaning can be made or explored. Through the children’s interactions once frozen moments are developed into new narratives. The work combines optical devices, analogue processes and copper toning of the fibre-based prints to enhance temporal ambiguity.
St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery
New Street, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 9BH
Starts: September 11 – 10:00am
Ends: January 9 – 4:00pm
This autumn sees the opening of a unique exhibition celebrating seasonal change as portrayed by British artists over the last 100 years. The seasonal cycle has long been a source of inspiration for artists, writers and musicians but in recent times our mainly urban and digitally-focused society has become increasingly remote from the natural rhythms of the year.
At a time when nature is threatened by climate change, pollution, development and declining fertility this exhibition serves as a timely reminder of the joys and critical importance of nature’s cycle. It will also resonate with those for whom lockdown provided an unexpected opportunity to connect once again with the onset of spring.
Drawn from private and public collections including Tate, British Council and the UK Government Art Collection the exhibition explores changes in the landscape, plants that leaf, flower and fruit at particular times, wildlife that is prominent in different seasons, customs and folklore, the farming calendar, weather and gardens. It also touches on the way changes in farming practices, urban development and climate change are affecting how we experience seasonality today.
New dates for the exhibition Postcards from Great Britain
Postcards from Great Britain is a largescale project from Shutter Hub. In a significant time in European history this project sets out to document and share aspects of British culture, spanning all genres of photography, and collating images which include social, political, historical, traditional and observational responses.
05 March – 20 May 2020 / Hotel Lion d’Or, Haarlem, The Netherlands.
Cancelled / Eurovision 2020, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Cancelled / ViZit, Ghent, Belgium.
Cancelled / DFDS Seaways, Newcastle to IJmuiden crossing, The North Sea.
06 July – 24 August 2020 / Bredasestraat 14, Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands.
01 July – 01 September 2020 / Les Alizes, St Gilles Croix de Vie, France.
Date TBC / FujiFilm HQ, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Date TBC / Copenhagen Photography Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Date TBC / 5&33 Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Rift series shortlisted for Siena Creative Photo Awards 2020
The Julia Margaret Cameron Award juried by Elizabeth Avedon has awarded Honorable Mentions for my work in two categories – Still Life Series of magical objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, and the Documentary and Reportage Series exploring Westminster scenes during Brexit negotiations.
F.Stop magazine are featuring two of my images from the Scry series in their online group exhibition Past/Present.
Scry is inspired by the ancient Greek and Roman practice of oomancy used to discover hidden knowledge or future events. The technique is a form of scrying, which involves pouring an egg white into a glass of water, then observing the results illuminated by candlelight. In a mild self-induced trance gazing beyond the translucent surface, recognisable shapes and forms can appear to which the scryer can ascribe meaning to the past, present or future.
Postcards from Great Britain launches in Haarlem on 05 March 2020
Postcards from Great Britain is a largescale project from Shutter Hub. In a significant time in European history this project sets out to document and share aspects of British culture, spanning all genres of photography, and collating images which include social, political, historical, traditional and observational responses. The exhibition includes three of my images including one of the ancient alligator at Crystal Palace park.
Enchanted Environments Exhibition
29 February – 11 April
The Art House, Castle Street, University of Worcester. The exhibition includes works by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Folklore Tapes, Eleanor Mulhearn and many more… My work Numinous is projected and displayed on a banner,
14-16 Faraday St, Manchester M1 1BE
Sat, 1 Feb, 13:00 – Sun, 2 Feb, 03:30
The Manchester Folk Horror Festival returns for a third year, calling out to those brave souls blessed and able enough to know folk horror when they see it. This year, the umbrella widens into further reaches of esoterica, as we consider our ‘Invisible Neighbours’ and pay heed to hitherto ‘Hidden Devotions’. A broad animism can be observed within the boundaries of our experience—culturally, socially, biologically and imaginally.
With 2020 comes a new sensibility; the conclusion, that the super-normal is in fact entering our every day lives. From 80’s pop singers acting as the vessel for oracular wisdom, to statues of Moloch in the Vatican, to the obscure traditions of spirit propitiation on the banks of the Ribble, we now sit cheek to jowl with the liminal.
Artists have been approached who look to evoke to one degree or another, something of the incomprehensible consciousness, of that which is supposed without perception. Artists and contributors include COMMON EIDER KING, Mark Pilkington AKA THOUGHT UNIVERSE, SPIRITUALIST CHURCH///Symphony, TARAS BULBA, ROTTEN BLISS, WATERFLOWER is artist Sabine Moore’s audiovisual performance project, CHELSEA HARE, ECKA MORDECAI, THE FATES Led by Manchester punk icon Una Baines, THE BEGOTTEN, EMILY OLDFIELD, FLANGE CIRCUS, PHIL LEGARD, SARA HANNANT, CHRISTOPHER JOSIFFE and STRANGER THAN LIFE DRAWING with BECCA SMITH
5 December – 28 February 2020
Free Space Project
Kentish Town Health Centre
2 Bartholomew Road
Shutter Hub have teamed up with Free Space Project to bring EVERYDAY DELIGHT – an exhibition all about looking for the joy in the small things, finding the magic in what might at first appear mundane, and discovering the beauty in the everyday.It’s there, but you might not always be able to see it.In a world where we seem to have more to worry about every day it’s not always easy to find the positive view, but Shutter Hub are hoping that this collaboration with Free Space Project, and the collation of over 100 images, will give viewers something to think about and to focus on temporarily, and perhaps to come away seeing things differently.
Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming
Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture. The cover images were taken by Sara Hannant from her exhibitions Harvest for Health commissioned by Sustain in 2006 and Bread Street in 2004. Both exhibitions were supported by the Arts Council and Soil Association.
Folk Horror Revival: Urban Wyrd
Published 27th June, 2019 by Wyrd Harvest Press. Welcome to the Urban Wyrd. Discover Hauntology, Weird Technology & Transport, Hauntings and much much more in the realms of TV, Film, Literature, Art, Culture, Lore and Life. Travel in time and spaces with Adam Scovell, Stephen Volk, Scarfolk, Julianne Regan, Sebastian Backziewicz, Sara Hannant, The Black Meadow and many other contributors. All sales profits from this book purchased from Lulu bookstore are donated at intervals to The Wildlife Trusts.
The new book Birch (Reaktion Books 2018) by the ethnobotanist Anna Lewington includes my photograph of an Imbolc celebration in West Yorkshire. Elegant and beautiful, rich in history and supremely useful, birches (Betula spp.) have played an extraordinary yet largely unrecognized part in shaping both our natural environment and the material culture and beliefs of millions of people around the world. For thousands of years they have given people of the northern forests and beyond raw materials in the form of leaves, twigs, branches and bark, as well as wood and sap, not simply to survive but to flourish and express their identity in practical and spiritual ways. Tough, water-proof and flexible, birch bark has been used for everything from basketry and clothing to housing and transport, musical instruments and medicines, as well as the means to communicate and record sacred beliefs: some of our most ancient Buddhist texts and other historic documents are written on birch bark scrolls.