Jo Stephen Photography

Nature Photography from North Dorset..

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For many years I have been documenting my relationship with the nature and landscape around my home in rural north Dorset, using photography and cyanotype, this website showcases that journey.

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I’m a self taught photographer. I trained as an ecologist and have worked in nature conservation. I also worked for many years as a glassblower in a small studio in rural Dorset, and as a charcoal burner and coppice worker in the Dorset woodlands.

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Summer on the chalk downs of Dorset.

My work is created on a shoestring, often using vintage lenses often found in charity shops. I improvise filters from found objects, such as petals, leaves and pieces of old jewellery, and enjoy experimenting to create images that reflect my connection to the local woodsand nature.

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Three of my glass bottles.

Nearly all of my photographic work is taken within a few miles of my home in rural north Dorset. Living and working with a minimal impact on the environment underpins my creative work and I endeavour to keep my carbon and ecological footprint to a minimum.

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Wet cyanotypes with peacock feathers
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I am proud to be a member of Nature First which is built on seven core principles to ensure photographers minimise their impacts on the natural environment and work in a sustainable manner to help protect and preserve the natural world.

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The Nature First Principles:
  1. Prioritise the well-being of nature over photography.
  2. Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
  3. Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
  4. Use discretion if sharing locations.
  5. Know and follow rules and regulations.
  6. Always follow the Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
  7. Actively promote and educate others about these principles.