Approved: 16.08.2006

Denise Swanson

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Nature inspires me there is always something fascinating to see a bird in flight, a glimpse of sunlight through darkened clouds, rain falling on leaves, even modern buildings in the way that they reflect the light. I enjoy the whole creative process of making images, from the point of seeing, composing and taking the photograph initially then during post-production selecting perhaps one image from

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  • Location: Chorley, North West
 

Biography

Nature inspires me there is always something fascinating to see a bird in flight, a glimpse of sunlight through darkened clouds, rain falling on leaves, even modern buildings in the way that they reflect the light. I enjoy the whole creative process of making images, from the point of seeing, composing and taking the photograph initially then during post-production selecting perhaps one image from the shoot and working with it to reveal a slightly different interpretation. I prefer to photograph nature I love being outdoors, I find it relaxing and an opportunity to clear the mind and just appreciate what is around you. There is such a huge choice landscapes, wildlife or natural environments, I can find a picture anywhere, even when there is nothing much of obvious interest and those images can be always kept to work on in the future. I use a digital SLR camera with a selection of specific lenses. This technology enables me to capture the maximum amount of detail in an image, which I can then work with afterwards on my computer. I don't use extensive photo manipulation but by creative use of cropping, levels and colour balance adjustments, a new image can often be revealed. I learned from my father at an early age the basics of composition and how to create an image but I never had the patience for painting. I always had an interest in photography but found it frustrating when digital cameras first came out I had to have one and fell in love with the immediacy of it but it is only with the latest digital SLR cameras and lenses that the quality is good enough to work with to create art. My images attempt to explore the detail in natures many forms that often goes unnoticed on a day-by-day basis. Our busy lives lead us to look but not always see what is there right in front of us, so we don't notice entire worlds that exist in miniature around us or the true art in Nature. I take a more abstract view than many nature photographers so rather than taking the more usual reference shots, I like to explore and produce images which are more unusual. My goal is to create images which others find inspiring and which I find satisfying.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2010 - Fellowship - Fine Art, British Institute of Professional Photography, Aylesbury 2009 - MA Fine Art - Site & Archive Interventions, University of Central Lancashire, Preston 2007 - Associateship - Scientific Photography, British Institute of Professional Photography, Ware 2006 - Licentiate, RPS - Royal Photographic Society, Bath 2005 - Licentiate - Pictorial/Illustrative Photography, British Institute of Professional Photography, Darlington Solo exhibitions 2011 - The Nature of Plants, Portico Library & Gallery, Manchester 2011 - The Nature of Plants, UCLAN Adelphi Building (2nd Floor), Preston 2007 - Abstracts of Nature, Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve, LWT, Mere Sands Wood, Holmeswood 2006 - Abstracts of Nature, Cuerden Valley Park/Lancashire Wildlife Trust, The Barn, Cuerden Valley Group exhibitions 2012 - Northern Exposure, Portico Gallery & Library, Manchester 2012 - PrintEssentials, Astley Hall, Chorley 2012 - Time, Place & Negotiated Space, Oxheys Mill Studios,, Preston 2011 - Open Exhibition, R Gallery, Southport 2011 - Open Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Oxheys Mill Studios,, Preston 2011 - Winter - open exhibition, Oxheys Mill Studios,, Preston 2010 - New Collectives, AOP Gallery, London 2009 - Focus, The Space, Preston 2009 - Grassington Arts Festival, Town Hall, Grassington 2008 - Astley Open Exhibition, Astley Hall, Astley Park, Chorley 2006 - Chapel Open, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk 2006 - Portfolio, AOP Gallery, London 2006 - Uncharted Territory, Salford University/Artists and Education, Salford 2006 - Vision & Light, Firbob & Peacock Gallery, Knutsford 2004 - Outside The Ring Road, Gallery Oldham, Oldham Degree shows 2009 - Nine Degrees Northwest, University of Central Lancashire Curated projects 2010 - Permanent print Collection, AOP Gallery, London 2007 - Inner City Living 2007, ICL Preston, Preston 2006 - Inner City Living 2006, 5-13 Market Street, Preston, Preston 2006 - WildArt Expo, Bonhams, Chester 2005 - Inner City Living, Old Savings Bank, Preston 2005 - Living Exposure - Photographic Art Auction, Bonhams, London Intervention 2009 - in Rerum Natura (in the nature of things), Centre For Contemporary Art, University of Central Lancashire, Preston Artist talks 2012 - Fine Art Photography, Grimsby Institute, Grimsby 2011 - Copyright & Licensing for Artists/Photographers, Wiltshire College, Salisbury 2011 - The Nature of Plants project, TUCAN - UCLAN Victoria Building, Preston 2010 - Copyright & Licensing for Artists/Photographers, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen 2006 - Nature photography, Cuerden Valley Park/Lancashire Wildlife Trust, The Barn, Cuerden Valley 2006 - Photography and People With Brain Injuries, Mossley Hill Hospital, Liverpool/The Artists Group, Mossley Hill Hospital, Liverpool Residencies 2011 - Oxheys Mill, Oxheys Mill Studios, Preston Private commissions 2012 - Images for exhibition, Susan Walsh - Satellite Navigation project, Preston 2012 - Images of artists' artwork for promotional use, Cotton: Global Threads exhibition - Whitworth Gallery, Manchester 2011 - Artist commission, Garth Gratrix, artist, Preston 2011 - Exhibition images for publication, Thin Black Line(s) exhibition - Tate Britain/UCLan, Tate Britain Corporate commissions 2007 - Pierce Art Campaign, Pierce: Creative Business Advisors, Preston and Manchester 2004 - Several images used extensively in advertising and exhibition stand designs Competitions, prizes and awards 2012 - Merit - Towergate Fine Art Photography Competition, Towergate/BIPP, London 2010 - Bronze Award - Science & Nature, British institute of Professional Photography, National 2009 - Finalist, British Wildlife Photography Awards, National 2009 - Finalist - Fine Art, BIPP Northwest Professional Photography Awards, Northwest 2008 - Finalist, Towergate Fine Art Photography Competition, International 2008 - Gold Award - Fine Art, BIPP North West Professional Photographer Awards, North West 2008 - Overall Winner, Stefan Buczacki Garden Photography Competition, National 2008 - Semi-finalist, International Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, International 2007 - Overall Winner, Stefan Buczacki Photographic Competition 2007, National 2007 - Semi-Finalist, Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007, International 2007 - Winner, Cuerden Valley Photographic Competition, Cuerden Valley Park, Lancashire 2006 - Finalist - Fine Art/Illustrative, North West Photographic Awards, BIPP/MPA, North West 2006 - Semi Finalist - Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2006, WPOTY, International 2006 - Winner, Stefan Buczacki Photographic Competition 2006, Southport Flower Show 2006 - Winner, Wild Art Expo, Bonhams, Chester 2005 - Award of Excellence - Art of Science, BPPA - British Professional Photography Awards 2005 - Runner Up - Licentiate of the Year Award, BIPP/MPA - Master Photographers Association 2005 - UK Photographer of the Year - Pictorial/Illustrative, British Professional Photography Awards, National 2004 - Finalist, BJP Portfolio Competition, National Educational experience - special needs 2008 - Workshop Facilitator (Creative photography) for people with mental health issues , Bluestreak Arts, Preston 2006 - Workshop Facilitator (photography) for people with brain injury, TAG Group, NHS Trust,, Mossley Hill Other 2010 - Focus on Nature - featured artist, The Photographer magazine, International 2006 - Featured Artist, Picture Business magazine, Blank Canvas section, National