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Lottie Davies

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Lottie Davies

Lottie Davies

Biography

Lottie Davies was born in Guildford, UK, in 1971. After a degree in philosophy at St Andrews University in Scotland, she moved back to England to learn the photographic trade as an assistant in London, where she has since been based.

Davies has won recognition in numerous awards, including the Association of Photographers’ Awards, the International Color Awards, and the Schweppes Photographic Portrait Awards. Her work, particularly the Memories and Nightmares series, has garnered international acclaim. Quints won First Prize at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Awards 2008 at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Viola As Twins won the Photographic Art Award, Arte Laguna Prize in Venice in 2011, and her imagery as a whole won the Young Masters Art Prize in 2012.

Davies’ work is concerned with stories and personal histories, the tales and myths we use to structure our lives: memories, life-stories, beliefs. She takes inspiration from classical and modern painting, cinema and theatre as well as the imaginary worlds of literature. She employs a deliberate reworking of our visual vocabulary, playing on our notions of nostalgia, visual conventions and subconscious ‘looking habits’, with the intention of evoking a sense of recognition, narrative and movement. Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery in London, has described Davies’ work as “brilliantly imaginative”.

Lottie Davis is represented by LA Noble Gallery in the UK, The Cynthia Corbett Gallery in America, De Magistris Arte in Italy and Galerija Fotografija in Slovenia.

 

Portfolio Dust to Dust: Meditations on Old Wars

I visited New York City two weeks after the devastation of 9/11; the city was full of people in shock, there were flags everywhere, and there was talk of moving away, to somewhere safer. But, my first visit to the site of the Twin Towers wasn't until 2013. When I did go there, I found people taking photographs of the empty space, and of themselves with it.

That visit was the inspiration for this series. Over the course of a year, I visited the sites of various medieval battles in Britain; Bosworth, Culloden, Hastings and others, in the same months as the original conflicts. I wanted to see what remnants of the were there, to discover whether a sense of horror was still apparent. I considered mankind's apparently constant desire for conquest, for power over other men. I walked the 'battlefield trails' trying to summon up an understanding from the evidence that there might be there, but what I found was that there isn't very much. Grass has covered the ground, trees have grown, fallen and reseeded, and the stories are all that remain.

I found more pictures within the images when I was preparing them for printing; as if I were able to excavate within the original pictures; abstractions and swirls of colour in a floating leaf; a branch against the sky. There is, I think, some comfort to be found in the knowledge that when all evidence of humanity is gone, there is likely still to be something of beauty to be found.

Portfolio Quinn

This is an evolving project begun in 2014 - it is the story of a fictional character, W H Quinn, who is traveling north from the south west of England, in 1946.

Quinn is intended to be part novel, part still photographs, part found and purchased objects, and part film; each 'chapter', be it still image, or object, or prose, can be experienced as a discrete story, to be enjoyed or puzzled over by itself, or as part of a wider narrative.

Publications

Publications: 

2009 Memories and Nightmares

2001 Tina, Peabody People series

Exhibitions: 

2014 Capturing the Narrative: A Visual Exploration of Fact and Fiction, L A Noble Gallery, London, UK

2013 UK Photography Now: The Constructed View, Dong Gang Festival, South Korea

2013 Ex Caelo Lux: Lights in the Trees, De Magistris Arte, Millan, Italy

2013 Fragile: Photographing Nature, Beauty and Memories, Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, London, UK

2013 Memories and Nightmares, LA Noble Gallery, London, UK

2012 Winner, Young Masters Art Prize

Additional information: 

Click here to listen to Francis Hodgson and Lottie Davies in conversation at L A Noble Gallery, London 2013.

Watch Lottie's Commission for The Crisis Homelessness Charity here.

You can see a behind the scenes view of Lottie Davies shooting Romulus and Remus for her Myths series here.

You can hear Lottie discuss her work Memories and Nightmares in this video with Cover It Media.

Lottie discusses her work and working methods in this interview with efti tv.