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Photo: Self portrait after Joseph Mallord William Turner c.1799 (Tate, London). Copyright © Ed Brydon
I was born in England to English and Irish parents and grew up in North Wales before moving to New York for 15 years to pursue scientific research on human viruses. In 2018 I returned to the UK and am now based near Farnham, Surrey, in south east England, just 45 minutes from London. I also regularly return to visit and work in North Wales.
My research background has informed my projects that concern science and health, and has led to a wider interest in the concept of One Health, which recognizes the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment.
More recently this has expanded into an interest in about personal connections to place, including the land and natural environment, and how each of these and the connections between them change over time.
I am increasingly drawn towards complementing my documentary approach with traditional and alternative photographic methods, such as salt printing, cyanotype and other processes. This has also made me re-examine my practice with the aim of making it more sustainable.
In 2017 my ongoing project on people of North Welsh heritage in the northeast US was exhibited at Northern Eye Festival. I was subsequently awarded a commission from the Welsh Parliament in 2019 to make new work on this project for exhibition around Wales in 2019-20.
At a fundamental level I pursue what I am most curious about, and as a former scientist I find that photography and science are both reliant on a curious nature and keen observation of the world around us.
"Seek light, keep moving", American poet Maggie Smith
Selected clients & features include: HSBC, Sterling Publishing, The Pirbright Institute, The Western Mail, The Western People, Documenting Britain, Stellazine, Rear Curtain, Pictory.
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2020 - Photo Fringe; Phoenix Art Space, Brighton
2020 - Guildford Institute, with Kiln Photo Workshops
2019-2020 - Many Voices, One Nation, exhibited at:
- The Senedd, Cardiff
- Aberystwyth Arts Centre
- Redhouse Merthyr Tydfil
- Galeri Caernarfon - cancelled due to COVID-19
2017 - Northern Eye Festival; Oriel Colwyn
2014 - DUMBO Arts Fest; Gleason's Gym, Brooklyn, NY
FEATURES AND PUBLICATIONS
2021 - Closure Magazine Instagram takeover
2021 - Lenscratch; Favorite photo of 2020 exhibition
2020 - Closure Magazine; Closuremas
2020 - Black River journal; The Singing Hills
2017 - Ffoton Wales watchlist. Interview in conjunction with the exhibition of The Singing Hills at Northern Eye Festival
2015 - Documenting Britain; Hard to Place, Not Hard to love
2013 - Stellazine (Stella Kramer); Dara, Life with MS
2012 - Rear Curtain, issue 3; Holiday Displays of New York
2012 - Pictory magazine; Portrait of a place, Paris
2011 - Pictory magazine; For the love of the game
2011 - Pictory magazine; Handmade