Jo Stephen Photography

Impressionist Nature Photography from North Dorset..



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Protected by CopyscapeFor many years now, I have been documenting my relationship with the nature and landscape around my home in rural north Dorset using photography. I am self taught photographer, having previously trained as both a glassblower and an ecologist.

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Summer on the chalk downs.

My work is created on a shoestring, using cheap vintage lenses often found in charity shops, and a  battered and beloved Sony A58. I improvise filters from found objects and experiment to create images that reflect my love of the local woods, fields and chalk streams and the wildlife they are home to. Nearly all of my work is taken within a few miles of my home in rural north Dorset. It is important to me to keep my carbon footprint to a minimum and also to develop my knowledge of the nature around me.

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Dorset woodlands through the seasons

Last year I was awarded a bronze medal for a Portfolio of Photography at the RHS London Plant and Art fair 2018. In 2019 I was delighted to have two winning images in the Abstract Views category of the International Garden Photographer of the Year.

A selection of wet cyanotypes

A selection of my photography and cyanotype is currently on display at the Gallery at Sculpture by the Lakes, in Dorset, and I sell greetings cards of a wide range of my work at the Love from the Artist.

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Starlings & reeds

I find photography to be a meditative and healing practice, focusing the attention away from increasingly noisy world, and facilitating connection with the natural world. I wander in the local landscape with my camera as often as time allows.