Becca Harris is a Fashion Photographer whose work utilises mixed media to explore ideas of sustainability. She specialises in both analogue and digital photography, incorporating experimental techniques that attempts to challenge the way we view fashion. She has been published in multiple magazines including Contributor and F Word.
Growing up in rural England, Becca Harris developed a strong appreciation for nature, which can be seen in her photographic style. With a strong passion for sustainability, she believes that using her work to address issues about climate change can help make her work meaningful to her audience. With keen interests in Fashion Photography and sustainable mixed media, and utilising cyanotypes and anthotypes throughout multiple projects, her aim is to use her work to send a positive message about the environment and caring for the nature around us.
English heritage was the initial key theme that I wanted to explore in my final project, researching how growing up in rural England has impacted my photographic style. I wanted to research into West Yorkshire’s rich history in the textiles industry and apply my findings to my use of styling in fashion photography. In this research I aimed to learn how nature has both contributed to and been impacted by the Fashion Industry, shaping the English landscapes we see today.
Learning how Yorkshire relied on nature to provide waterpower and transport for the working people, deepened my understanding. It allowed me to conduct further research into the key histories of each location where I wanted to shoot and its connection to the history of English fashion. Understanding how people depended on nature for work and fabric production enabled me to enhance my visual approach by incorporating historic 19th century photographic techniques like cyanotypes and anthotypes.
I specifically focused on styling throughout all my shoots, using fashion to visually retell the unique stories of each of the locations. In the series, you will see styling inspired by 1800s dress, Yorkshire millers clothing, William Morris prints and hunting uniforms. Incorporating local designers and textiles originally made in and around Yorkshire showcases the story of nature and transformation in the English countryside.