Curator Selection / 2023 / /

Reflections on a quiet resistance

In the UK, new Draconian laws (both criminal and civil) are demonising and imprisoning peaceful environmental protesters. Our democracy and right to protest is under threat while in the media activists are referred to as domestic terrorists and fanatics.

In this series, made in the Stop HS2 (high speed train line) protest camps, I wanted to capture the real story and human face of these so called 'terrorists' as they peacefully and passionately, living in very basic and often harsh surroundings, fought to protect our native woodlands from destruction.

Denise Laura Baker is a documentary, street and portrait photographer. Her work draws on influences from her eclectic career, notably her time as an ethnographic psychologist where she conducted interviews, observations and collected stories. Denise continues to collect and tell visual stories though her photography, matching them with recorded or written narrative.

Much of Denise's work is driven by her passionate commitment to contemporary environmental and political issues, but also seeking out hidden truths, underlying secrets, or capturing the mundane reality of everyday life.

Awards PX3 2020 Honourable Mention

State of the World 2021 Winner