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Anna Booth

Photography is my chosen medium. For different experiences I use different cameras. When I throw the dark cloth over my head, when using my large format wooden camera, the experience is very meditative – the dark cloth eliminating the world for a while. I have now found a digital camera set up which also allows me to be slow. However, on the opposite side of the scale I love using my phone camera. My images are very different – more spontaneous and the subject matter more structured and perhaps more stark. But variety adds interest and keeps us exploring and experimenting.

As well as digital printing on paper I also print onto metal plates (photogravure) which are inked and pressed on to paper through my printing press. Recently I have also been exploring alternative photography techniques, notably cyanotype and platinum and palladium printing. These processes add a tactile element to the process and an element of exclusivity in the creation of the image.

I have always been more interested in expressionism than representational art, which could be viewed as being at odds with the supposedly realistic nature of photography. My images are more  inclined to the abstract, or abstracted at least.

My interests extend to textiles and this is perhaps why many of my images are reliant on colours, patterns and / or textures for their structure. Pattern and / or rhythm perhaps reflects my love of music and solving puzzles. Recently I have had some of my images printed onto silk chiffon in the UK, which have then been finished with hand rolled hems and which I will be selling as scarves.

The natural world is my inspiration but this does not confine me to natural objects. The effect of light or weather on man made structures is equally of interest to me. Much of my subject matter is of the mundane, the small and the inconsequential. I celebrate the joy of the small moment. Looking and exploring is my underlying motive – to find the beautiful or the unusual in the everyday: the world is not mostly about the dramatic but the smaller inconsequential moments which tie the dramas of our lives together. Whether it be the juxtaposition of objects or textures or colours or light, small things can make the small of interest and, thus, of beauty.

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