Connected to the Landscape

Janet Murphy
January 24, 2023
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My photographic journey began many years ago. I have always been interested in creating images which resonate with my emotional response to the landscape which surrounds me. My background is in Textile design, so colour and texture play a huge part in my finished images. This series of images were created around the forest and wetland areas in Somerset, UK. I consider my style to be 'camera painting', harking back to my early life training in Fine Art and then Textile and Surface Pattern design. I am deeply passionate about the environment and the 'disappearing' green spaces in the countryside. There are pressures from all sides, especially around the 'thorny' subject of housing and planning, which are becoming more and more alarming as the years roll by. I see this, especially as I live in a rural area. As I explore the countryside through the changing seasons, my eye is drawn to the beautiful colours of the English landscape and the ancient spaces full of history and unique places. I have hope for the future that these places will be saved for future generations to gaze upon and enjoy.

Janet lives in rural Somerset, UK and has a degree in Textile Design from Exeter University. She is a member of the Royal Photographic Society and Somerset ArtWorks . Her work was shortlisted in 2021 for the Royal Photographic Society International Photographic Exhibition ( IPE 163 ) . In 2022 she was given 2 honourable mentions firstly for the 18th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers and the 18th Pollux Awards hosted by the Fotonostrum gallery in Barcelona Spain . In November 2022 one of her images will be exhibited at Fotonostrum in Barcelona as part of the 18th Julia Margaret Cameron awards show . Closer to home she has had an image selected for the South West Acadamy for Fine and Applied Arts open exhibition taking place in Sidmouth , Devon UK , during the month of November 2022.
Janet Murphy
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