/ 2020 / Nature / Water

A Memory of Water

  • Prize
    Silver in Nature/Water
  • Photographer
    Michela Griffith

Shallow water; light through leaves throws sparks. Slow the shutter, hold the camera still, discover nature’s mark-making. Specular highlights come and go, tracing hydrological flow across the sensor. Our own memories, perpetually rewritten, prompt me to consider how these moments can be represented. Photography is a process of exclusion: here I ask What else can I take away? Selection, contrast and reversal provoke reassessment of subject, figure and ground. All that remains is the light, tracing the ways taken by the water. A memory. A memory of water.

In some parts water is but a memory.

Michela Griffith's images combine an early love of drawing and painting with a long-standing passion for photographing the landscape. Many of her images celebrate the ephemeral beauty of water and the resultant portfolio has led to membership of the professional artists’ group, Peak District Artisans, and a number of solo exhibitions. This ‘Liquid Light’ has transformed her image making and also inspires her to experiment with movement in and through the landscape.

Michela interviews other photographers for and contributes the occasional article to On Landscape magazine.