Amanda Jackson, Originally from Canada, I moved to the UK in 2001 and completed an HND in photography at Hereford College of Art. In 2003 I moved to London and spent 4 years working as a freelance photographer’s assistant. I then returned to Hereford and completed a photography degree in 2008, gaining a First Class hons. My work has been exhibited at The Empire Gallery in London where I won the portraiture category of the 2008 DegreeArt Signature Photography Awards. Other exhibitions include The Hereford Photo Festival, Rhubarb Rhubarb (Birmingham), D&AD (London), The New Designers exhibition (Islington Business Centre) and DKNY in Bond Street’s New Designer’s Showcase. In 2013 I was awarded a grant from The Arts Council of Wales for a photographic project based on the Lammas Eco Village and the surrounding community. An exhibition of To Build A Home will be shown at Theatr Mwldan in Cardigan in August 2014. I am privileged to be able to share my work both through intimate gallery exhibitions and such wide-reaching publications as Self Build and Design magazine, The Observer and The Telegraph. I feel it is important to photograph what you are passionate about. I properly become interested in sustainable living when I first visited Lammas in 2010 and have been photographing low impact homes since. I now divide my time between a house in Malvern, West Midlands and a field in Pembrokeshire.
“Early on in my career I realised my passion lay with photographing people and places on the edges of mainstream society. I would describe my style as quirky and honest and falling somewhere into editorial/documentary/artistic photography. I prefer to use a medium format film camera over digital. For me, film photography still has an artistic edge and forces a more considered approach to creating a body of work.”