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Ellen Folkard

MA Photography images of a beach and rocks by Ellen Folkard at Norwich University of the Arts
MA Photography images of a beach by Ellen Folkard at Norwich University of the Arts
MA Photography images of a beach by Ellen Folkard at Norwich University of the Arts
MA Photography images of a beach by Ellen Folkard at Norwich University of the Arts
MA Photography images of a beach by Ellen Folkard at Norwich University of the Arts
MA Photography images of a beach and rocks by Ellen Folkard at Norwich University of the Arts
MA Photography images of a beach by Ellen Folkard at Norwich University of the Arts

During this project I have been exploring my own relationship with the surrounding natural environment, with a focus on the North Norfolk coastline. When I am at the coast, amidst the sand and sea air, I feel an overwhelming sense of peace and tranquility. It is this feeling of calm that I am hoping to evoke and visually translate into the viewer’s eventual reading of my work.

Within my research, I have been considering how myself and others perceive and react to certain spaces and environments differently using past experiences and personal histories as a tool for interpretation. The relationship between space and the self is a topic that Gaston Bachelard wrote about in his book ‘The Poetics of Space’ (1958) which has been a continuous point of reference for me throughout my studies.

I graduated last year with a BA (Hons) in Photography from Norwich University of the Arts. My work has been shortlisted twice for the Association of Photographer’s Student Awards in 2017 and 2019, as well as being chosen as a finalist for Project SHOUT’s University Challenge in 2017. A selection of my work was also recently published in the first issue of Considered magazine. 

For more details, please visit www.ellengracephoto.com

Lizzie Starling