Similar to Stephen although Helen is a tutor I was really interested in seeing her personal work and seeing the kind of images she takes. Also I am very interested in different photographer’s career paths – seeing how each has achieved success with their work.
Firstly she completed a foundation course and developed an interest in graphics and had a great tutor with a photographic interest so continued with extra evening classes. There were very few photography courses at the time and went on to carry out Graphic Design at Bath Academy of Art. She then used the design briefs to make photographic projects. Next she went on to do teacher training in London and then taught for 3 years on a design course. She also carried out a fellowship in Corsham. She then began teaching photography on the graphics course in Corsham.
She experimented with all genres of photography and she realised she had a strong interest in landscape. Some of her personal work was used in an exhibition in The Photographers Gallery, then from this it was used in Creative Camera magazine. She was then commissioned for work for Council of Protection of Rural England where she had a year to produce a portfolio of 12 images for a show and auction of a location in the UK. This work was also shown in the Sunday Times Magazine.
She then spent 10 years teaching at St Martins in London and decided no more commissioned work and decided to only work on personal projects. The first being Tidemarks, around 32 images and took 3 years to finish. All the images were based around the coast, particularly focusing on things indicating to the past. A sense on contemplation. What I gained from Helen talking about this was the amount of time she sits and waits and watches a location to see what she can photograph. By taking time she captures far more. She exhibited this work in locations around the coast. And it was also featured in a book Viewfindings by Liz Wells.
Now she is carrying out a MA and it was great to hear her talk about the work she is creating for this. She has found photography to be abit like her diary so she used this to relate to her first project. Linking images through windows with text about the days. Another project she is working on is based all around her local area 3mile radius. Visually taking in her surroundings.
Helens images were so beautiful and I was inspired by the time she takes to make her images and this inspired me to take my time when photographing and contemplate what it is that I’m shooting and wait for things to change and capture interesting moments.