My freelance photography has been substantially influenced by the Shetland Islands, which has been my home for over 30 years, but I’ve only been able to align my personal passions and occupations with twin careers in natural heritage and freelance photography over the past decade. As well as my personal interests I also really enjoy photographing people, and regularly do so, whether at events, fashion or for the press.
My personal projects often focus on technical aspects of photography, such as time-lapse, and many of these are based upon solar phenomena. I’m currently approaching the end of a year-long project to create an analemma, which shows the position of the sun at a fixed time from the same location over the course of a year.
Based in Bristol UK, Becky Hoghton is a self-taught ceramic artist. Her practice focuses on hand-built porcelain sculptures. She describes her sculptures as ‘ceramic diorama-wunderkammers’. They are stages set for casts of casts of found objects and old photographs. Through them she explores and reimagines hidden histories, legends and folklore. The sculpture profiles are informed by Victorian architectural follies, and religious retablos and nicho boxes. They are complicated and intricate slab builds that require much planning and patience. Each piece is unique and highly decorated through a number of techniques including sprigging, carving, modelling, stamping, slip casting and lithography printing.
Becky Probert is a Fine Art Photographer creating work exploring the areas of astrophysics and environmental science. She is interested in how lenses and technology such as space probes affect our perceptions of the universe, acting as both a translator and impediment to how we experience the other bodies in our solar system and beyond. Using both analogue and digital techniques, her images are created through a combination of astrophotography and exploration of details within commonplace items through a macro lens, using the camera as a conduit to open up doors to the possibilities of what exists in the vastness of space.
Carolyn Lefley is a visual artist and educator. Her work uses photography and moving image to explore belonging, folklore and the natural world. Oceanography, astronomy and archaeology have been a treasure trove of inspiration for recent work. ‘Tide’ is her long-term project exploring the ebb and flow of the waves and the moon and stars. Carolyn works with digital and analogue photography as well as using traditional techniques such as cyanotype printing and liquid emulsion. She has taught as a Lecturer in Photography at the University of Hertfordshire, Coventry University, Anglia Ruskin University and University of the Arts London.
I have been a practising artist for over 40 years, sharing my time between studio practice and employment in all aspectsof art education. I am a materials based artist using paint,drawing, print and collage. My practice is mostly concerned with landscapes of all types and two main themes have dominated my work: the activity of walking in an environment and the notion of time passing by an environment. Observational work, collected objects, sounds, local folklore and maps all form part of my material. I think of my work as maps of internal and external journeys.
My work is concerned with the materials and processes of landscape, both natural and fabricated. Land form, surface and space, water, vegetation, light, weather, built structures, habitats for humans/wildlife, time and change are central elements of my practice as an artist and as a landscape architect. My artwork explores the interplay between form and non-form; figure and ground; precision and spontaneity; absence and presence.
I currently work as a self-employed artist, landscape architect and guest tutor at the University of Sheffield’s School of Landscape Architecture. I have a degree in Fine Art from Bath School of Art (1999-2002) and an MA in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield.
David Ian Bickley is an award-winning media artist whose body of work spans the primitive technological of the 1970’s to the digital cutting edge of today. His media work has manifested as television, installation, electronic music and video art. His work has been shown in many major museums, galleries and festivals around the world; including the CICA Museum, Korea; Science Gallery, Dublin; A & I GALLERY, LOS ANGELES; HAUN TIE ART MUSEUM, BEIJING; The Electric Picnic and the Glucksman, Cork. Besides producing video art Bickley has also made important arts documentaries including The Man Who Shot Beckett and the Celtic Songlines. His themes reside in mythic and folklore motif and often use landscape as a form to reflect and process these ideas.
Helen McGhie (b. Honiton, 1987) is a photographic artist and researcher based in Greater Manchester (UK), her practice reimagines ubiquitous photography through the still and moving image. She is currently working on a practice-led PhD at the University of Sunderland (AHRC), exploring the relationship between photography and astronomy in partnership with Kielder Observatory, Northumberland. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently in ‘Exploring Skyscapes’ (Nottingham Contemporary) and ‘Observe, Experiment, Archive’ (Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens). McGhie is Lecturer in Photography at the University of Sunderland and her studio is based at Islington Mill, Salford.
Josie’s creativity is driven by our place within the natural world and our connections to natural resources such as water, soil, and sand. She is intrigued by the vastness of space and our relationship with our sun, moon and stars, the potency of science, and the mystery of fables and folklore. She devises way of working for and with the environment in her photographic endeavours. She can often be found making work in her rural and coastal surroundings using the outdoors as a ‘darkroom’. More info at: https://www.josiepurcellphotography.com/
My art practice explores aspects of geometry interacting with an exploration of other approaches, including the intuitive plus visual observations. MA and BA studies were 2D based using painting and drawing. However I do explore a variety of other media including various forms of print making and papier mache 3D and 2D pieces.
I have been based in West Cornwall since 2001 and have been proactive in my interest of differing forms of creativity and research. All stimulate my own work and development.
Lewis Andrews is a Fine Artist & Photographer based in Leeds, United Kingdom. His work specialises in dealing with complex thoughts, ideas and facts within nature and science. Some explore those in which we seem to be overshadowed and overpowered in comparison by the vast distances, size or quantities. Others investigate moments of extreme power, creation and rebirth on a molecular scale or on a scale comparable to that of the universe. Questioning our relationships, place and role within the universe, environment and natural spaces.
Lisa Pettibone is a UK based visual artist, curator and teacher working at the intersection of art and science. With an interest in astronomy and physics, her practice investigates how the world is put together in terms of energy, forces and form as filtered through human perception. Producing sculpture, installation and print, her process often incorporates research into scientific concepts. She was artist in residence at Mullard Space Science Laboratory (UCL) in Surrey from 2018-2019 (funded by ACE) where she followed the ESA’s Euclid Mission. With an MA in Art and Science from Central Saint Martins London (2018), she exhibits internationally and won the UK National Open Art Prize 2017. Currently she is researching a project about the aesthetic and scientific qualities of galaxy shapes. www.pettibone.co.uk
Livia Gravil, better known as Liv, is a painter, drawer, and inventor of impossible places. Her work draws upon the otherworldly imagery of science fiction and the Weird, and the hope that we can find fascination in unease and the unknown instead of dread. Originally from South Yorkshire and having graduated from Falmouth University this summer, they now live and work in Cornwall.
As a photographer and visual artist, Molly’s recent work explores ideas that revolve around a physical and metaphorical relation to space. Interested in instilling the intangible, Molly’s images often provoke an ethereal, autonomous presence, shifting the way that we see the definitive subject.Reflective of our human state; we live in a flux of stillness and motion, both in the body and in nature, through synchronicity to our surroundings we create a dynamic balance, led by the rhythm of the earth.
Olga Suchanova is a Slovakian emerging visual artist and curator, living and working in London. Through her journeys she is inspired by the nature, properties of matter and energy; and quantum mysticism, which are translated into the light, pattern and form with the use of experimental photography, printmaking and painting. In her work she is questioning the concept of space, time, illusion and reality.
BA Hons Fine Art University of Plymouth 2004
Painting, Printmaking, Video and Installations
I have spent my working life as a radiographer. It was inevitable that my colleagues and I became very sharp at pattern recognition and in my case I tended to connect these patterns to the world around me, because they were so similar. My early print work was concerned with fractals, and most of my work could be described as process driven.
In the last few years I have been making time-lapses of the Milky Way to be incorporated into a series of short videos I made. Simultaneously I developed the concept of the jester as an archetype and the idea that the physical world around us and the institutions we create undergo ‘corrections’ to re-establish the equilibrium which all bodies enjoy.
Scott Miles practice deals with the process and presentation of painting, incorporating image, text, sound and constructed spatial environments to consider gaps between ideas, knowledge and representation. The complexities of cosmology and planetary scale and the means through which they are conveyed are consistent points of reference in his work. Miles uses painting to explore the scope that exists between systematic and haptic forms of communication.
Miles lives and works in London. He studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne and has exhibited extensively within Australia and Europe. In 2016 he moved to London to participate in the Turps Studio Programme. He has been awarded numerous awards including the Besen Studio Award, Gertrude Contemporary, Australia Council for the Arts Development grant and has participated in residencies such as SÍM Residency, Iceland and the Upernavik Museum, Greenland. www.scottmiles.org
Uncertainties and possibilities interest me, the mutability of our environment on a molecular, micro or macro scale. In particular, I am attracted to chaotic systems, in which matter behaves in ways which cannot be easily predicted and which are highly sensitive to changes in any parameter, producing varied and unexpected outcomes that may continue to unfold over time.
My practice brings together art and science in a materials-lead investigation of these chaotic interactions combined with my own gesture. The work is neither representational nor abstract, it is an act of data collection, a record of event through drawing, printmaking and moving image.
Susan is passionate about enamelling and printmaking, in particular, the specialism of vitreous enamel on copper and wood engraving. She is influenced by landscape and patterns in nature, fascinated by the meeting point or transition from one form to another, where water meets the shore or when hard architectural shapes are reflected on the soft forms of water in a river or lake surface. Her work evolves from observed detail captured by sketching then laying down the image onto the vessel or copper plate surface creating intricate thread-like lines and fine textural incisions to create an atmospheric, surreal asthetic, distilling a sense of place, time and memory. Susan’s training as an archaeologist and museum curator have inspired her artwork.