My portfolio is underpinned by location based editorials inspired by my rural upbringing in North East England. I photographed a series of editorials that delve into my childhood memories narrating Northern traditions and evoking a feeling of nostalgia.
The comfort of home is something I learnt to appreciate when moving away for university. Telling my childhood stories of the North East has allowed me to share beautiful locations around the North and my family heritage.
Shot in the village where I grew up, ‘Wildflower’ is a very playful editorial, characterised by childlike poses and the use of props. Due to having also spent her childhood in the village, I cast my younger cousin Lily. Traditional English styling by Amelia Brown-Hill, inspired by childhood photos of myself, encapsulates the narrative of farming life.
‘Secret Places’ explores memories of gardening with my father and hours on end spent reading in my family home. Living rurally as a child often means alot of time spent playing alone, the unique poses express a feeling of being bored, captured from a central focal point allowing the audience to feel involved. The styling is eclectic, clashing with the prints of Grandad Dave’s archaic home.
A picnic in the park is a memory of many peoples childhood, I captured a genuine sense of joy in ‘Sunday Afternoon’. I added family traditions to the shoot like badminton and soggy ham sandwiches to make the picnic setting more personal. Surrounded by the beautiful decaying ruins of Kirkstall Abbey, the editorial leaves you feeling uplifted. ‘Chip butty’ is photographed on my local beach where I have many treasured memories. The editorial is soft and dreamlike, portrayed through delicate styling. The movement captured in the model poses, recalls the feeling of freedom I always feel when on a vast northern beach. ‘Wengting’ is inspired by my love for Japanese art. This is the only editorial not directly centered around my childhood memories, however, is influenced by my appreciation for gardening throughout my childhood. The model is found immersed in the garden, communicating the importance of human touch with nature.