On Your Doorstep Issue 7 - Page 52

After recently graduating with a photography degree from Lincoln University, I decided to continue my journey and develop my skills further by embarking on their MA Fine Art course. University has been a fantastic experience and I found that my strengths were producing candid documentary images. However, during the long summer breaks I always found myself gravitating back to taking photographs of nature. I found that it relaxed me and cleared my mind of any stress and pressure that was beginning to weigh me down. By living on the east coast of the UK, I find myself in the perfect location for so many different photo opportunities. I live on the outskirts of a town but have open fields directly behind my house. A two minute walk takes me to a river with marshlands and a wooded area where there is a myriad of wildlife. A twenty-minute drive takes me to Cleethorpes which again gives so many options for fantastic photos with the beaches and saltmarshes. We’re also lucky to have the amazing Donna Nook nature reserve close by where grey seals come to give birth every year during the months of November and December. While researching ideas for the Fine Art course I knew that I wanted to incorporate flowers in my work. I wanted to use my camera to portray their natural beauty and delicate nature and my aim is to use the images as a major part of a mixed media artwork. The scents and bright colours of flowers instantly have a positive effect on people; they bring a vibrancy to dull rooms and make people feel loved and happy when they receive them as a gift. I hope that the photographs and mixed media artwork that I produce will have the same effect on people. Jodie can be found at www.jodiehogarthphotography.com and at @jodiehogarthphotography on Facebook and Instagram. 52