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About Angela Jayne Latham :
I have always been interested in and drawn towards the mystical and the magical.
From an early age I was interested in ancient landscapes, ruined castles and the stories and folklore attatched to them.I cannot remember a time when I wasen't intensly aware of the natural world around me, the energy of living things and the magic of the stars.
I had an idylic childhood in the 70's full of Huckleberry Finn type adventures and getting down and dirty in the elements...den making,mud pie throwing,sledging in winter,fishing and general rolling in the hay.I believe that being in the elements like this began my love affair of the natural world around me and the beauty of the changing seasons.Many of my early experiences and dreams led me to create the images I am producing today....The magic of the changing seasons, the continual cycle of birth,growth,death and renewal,the myths and the customs which accompany them.
At the age of 32 I went to live on a remote Island on the West coast of Scotland. Here I was able to re-evaluate my life and get back to my creative roots. I began to teach myself Photography and Photoshop, making lots of mistakes along the way, but gradually building up my skills and equipment to the standard I am at today (although I know I still have plenty to learn!) .The age of digital photography and digital software has opened up a whole new way of expressing myself , giving me the tools to be able to reflect how I percieve the world around me.
I try to capture the magic and mystery of the landscape in my work, I wish to peel back the layers of the modern world and expose a deeper, older energy. This is also true of my Artwork.In my photography I rarely desire to capture as scene in realistic detail....but rather express a vision of the landscape,shaped by my own feelings and emotions.
Great Britain is a truly enchanted Isle - from the majestic mountains of Scotland to the stone circles of deepest Cornwall. It is in my heart and soul.
A Slideshow of my Favourite Work:
I do not have the luxuary of being able to buy the best cameras and lenses. I only have one semi-pro camera and one decent lens, but it is the imagination and creativity of the person behind the camera that makes the difference. A good photographer will still take a good photograph with a cheap camera, but a bad photographer will still take bad photographs even with the most modern and expensive equipment.
Do not be put off by lack of funds!
Canon 18-55mm Kit lens
Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens
Canon 28-105mm midrange zoom
Set of Lee ND soft grad filters
Lee 0.9 hard Grad
Polorizer (hadly used)
Cable shutter release/spirit level camera top
Photoshop CS3 and most importantly......my imagination
Influences on my work include:
MUSIC: Loreena McKennitt, Kate Bush, Early Enya, Clannad , Carolyn Hillyer,Bronywn David,Tori Amos,Dead can Dance,Levellers,Roy Harper,Altan
FILMS: Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Secret Garden, Stardust, The Company of Wolves, Highlander, Sleepy Hollow, Excalibur,Lady in the water,The 13th warrior,Rob Roy,The Wicker Man
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Simon Marsden , David Noton , Charlie Waite
ARTISTS : The Pre-Raphalites , especially John Waterhouse.
LOCATIONS: The Highlands and Islands, South West Cornwall, North Wales, The Malvern Hills.
Also Avebury,Puzzle Wood/Forest of Dean,Sancreed,Madron,Rocky valley,Boscastle,The Cuillins,The Cotswalds.
AUTHORS: Tolkien, Louise Lawrence, Terry Pratchett, Titania Hardy, M.R.James, Neil Gaiman (Stardust),Doreen Valente
Photographing in Glencoe, Highlands of Scotland.ePHOTOzine member's meet Loch Lomond 2006.
Thankyou to the following people who have helped inspire and encourage me:
Douglas Latham,My close EPZ friends,Paul Bagley,Kate Campbell,Lachlan Taylor,Alix Jones,Edwood,Andy Jones,Martin White,Ossian and Mhairi,Geri and Cj Atterbury