Ellie Davies, a graduate of LCC’s MA Photography course, has won a Magnum Photography Award for her series ‘Stars, 2014-2015’.
The series, which won in the Fine Art Single Image category, explores Ellie’s desire to seek balance between a relationship with the wild places of her youth and a pervasive sense of disconnectedness from the natural world.
A majority of people today live in urban or semi-urban environments and experience the landscape from a distanced position, mediated through technology and various media. From this viewpoint the notion of the landscape in all its sensuous materiality, our being within it rather than outside it, seems beyond reach. The series addresses this distancing by drawing the viewer right into the heart of a forest which still holds mystery, and offers the potential for discovery and exploration. Ellie’s exquisite work considers the fragility of our relationship with the natural world, and the temporal and finite nature of landscape as a human construct.
We caught up with Ellie to congratulate her on her award win, find out what inspires her work, and discuss what she is up to next…