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PROFILE

Ann M Holmes grew up on the tranquil Leicestershire-Rutland border, where as a farmer's daughter, she filled her time roaming the pastural landscape looking for subjects to paint or draw. In her teens, she discovered the work of the great documentary photographers Cartier-Bresson, Sebastiao Salgado and Chris Killip (among others) which she found to be emotionally powerful and chime with a certain monochrome graphic quality she had always sought to create in her own drawing. When a kindly neighbour gave the teenager his old darkroom apparatus, she began to take pictures and explore the film and print processes of the day, commandeering the family bathroom for selenium toning. Inevitably, Ann's natural impatience and keenness to embrace an immediacy in image making would result in her switching to photography exclusively.

Ann lives in picturesque Hebden Bridge, a Yorkshire mill town in the heart of the Pennine hills in Northern England. Whilst her photography often reflects the rich variety, heritage and detail within that landscape, feeling landlocked, she has also begun to explore some of the UK's most remote coastal locations which by their very geography, attract the most inclement of weathers and dramatic light. The aim in her land and seascape work is to capture something of the sublime emotional response felt at the time that the shutter was deployed and working from before dawn through to darkness itself she believes is necessary to produce photographs with the maximum impact. 

Shooting landscapes and working within the whims of the natural elements demands one adopt a patient openness and go-with-the-flow approach which Ann believes is also key to working in other photographic genres. Whatever the subject matter though, she strives always to capture the finest evocative imagery using some of the best Nikon camera  and digital technologies available, and hopes that her adaptable approach will produce photography that satisfies a broad range of commissioned need.

AWARDS

Highly Commended in 2014 Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year

2 images shortlisted in the 2014 Scottish Nature Photography Awards and published in the photo book

International Photography Awards 2015 Honourable Mentions: Namibian Dune Rider Series, Fine Art Landscape & Natural Landscape Categories

Commended Portfolio of 3 images (Overall title) Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015

Highly Commended Portfolio of 3 images 3rd place (Overall title) Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016

Shortlisted in 2016 Outdoor Photographer of the Year

EXHIBITIONS

Arran: Intimate Landscapes: An exhibition of Fine Art Photographic Vignettes, Arran Distillery, Lochranza, Isle of Arran, Scotland 2/3/15-2/6/15

Participation in the group exhibition "Journeys" by the Open Studio Photographers, Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable Kent, 8-14/2/17

Participation in the group exhibition " Scotland: For A' That" Whitehouse Gallery, 47 St Mary St, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland 10/2/18-10/3/18

A selection of her work is on continuous display at The Joe Cornish Gallery, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, England

COMMISSIONS

Please contact her to discuss any commissions - a broad range taken.

WORKSHOPS

Please contact to discuss 1:1 or group tuition in the Hebden Bridge area. She is happy to tailor these to your creative processes.

PRESENTATIONS

Ann is an experienced speaker and happy to provide presentations of her work to interested art/photographic audiences. Please contact her to discuss the needs of your organisation.