Photo by Miri Stevens
If you’re looking for some fresh new photography to check out in Bristol, look no further than Photographique. Situated on the idealistic Clare Street in the Old City, they are currently playing host to a new exhibition.
The exhibition, hosted by Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson and Miri Stevens, features stunning abstract documentary photographs.
Interrupted Landscapes was created by Amanda in 2012 and shows striking split-screen images, using nature and trees to create an atmospheric feeling of what people had left behind. These pieces were inspired by her visits to abandoned mining areas in Cornwall, where she is based and she used out of date film for the photographs, which gives these images an alternative touch. Throughout the project, her focus gradually moved to how nature had re-claimed these abandoned spaces, and how these views that were once originally here would have been different.
Amanda is currently in her second year studying photography at Falmouth University, and throughout her her life has lived and visited several locations in the UK and abroad. As a factor of this, much of her work is based on landscapes and she has a particular interest in the historic and cultural aspects of the places she visits.
Photo by Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson
Amanda’s work is predominately film photography, and the use of soft focuses and annular locomotion gives the impression of change, a transition that wholly encircle the depth behind the project.
Interrupted Landscapes shows the bare bones of the changing natural environment, nature claiming back what was once once it’s own, and these powerful photographs with their use of colour and movement perfectly document this lucid transition.
Just in the next room is Miri Stevens’ exhibition, Curious Continuous. Like Amanda, she is also currently in her second year at Falmouth University studying photography and her work encompasses the unnoticed, certain everyday sights the may be over-seen to the untrained eye.
Miri’s exhibition consists of an on-going collection of digital black and white photographs, featuring fast-paced shots of people and places to dramatic effect.Influenced by the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Ray Metzker, her preferred style of unanticipated snapshot-aesthetic work goes against the conventions of planned photography, which is something she dislikes; “For me, photography’s best asset is to capture things you didn’t see coming, to document the unexpected”.
In turn, this exhibition delivers a forthright and hard-hitting photographic experience of the unknown world around us, and with her use of digital split-second moments, it leaves you wondering about the story behind the lens.
Such raw, natural photography can be hard to come by in this assiduous age, so it’s worth going over to look at some very real, down-to-earth pieces. And, with the exhibition continuing until the 22nd of April, you don’t have any excuse not to.
See more of Amanda’s work here and all images exhibited and published by Miri are for sale – have a look at her site here or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.