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Explore the photographic projects I have untertaken

Mixed Media
Refugee Stories

Commissioned by the PhotoEast 2018, Gillian worked alongside refugees in her home town of Ipswich, resulting in a new multimedia body of work which explores themes of displacement and integration. The portrait images are bonded by hand on to OSB board (130cm x 94cm), using an image-transfer medium and finished with graffiti paints and varnishes. The triptych images represent individual narratives. All are given added meaning by the captions and words contributed by each participant.

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Master of Photography

In 2017, from an reported application of 4,000 photographers, Gillian was selected as one of 12 people to take part in the Sky Arts competition and TV series, Masters of Photography. Over a period of 8 weeks, the competitors responded to a range of challenging photographic ‘tasks’ and each week someone was eliminated. The show was filmed in Rome but many of the tasks were located in other European countries. Gillian reached the final and was chosen, by unanimous verdict as the ultimate Winner of Master of Photography II

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From Out Of Space

This personal series of landscape images were taken between 2000-2005 using a 6x6 film camera on Konica 750 infrared film. Originally exhibited in London and sold from The Photographers Gallery, Print Sales it has since been exhibited widely in the UK.

Digital Work
AfterLife

Driven by period of transformation in her own life, Gillian became fascinated with taking something beautifully ‘made’ by nature's hand and analysing the anatomical detail, colours and textures within each body then attempted to create meaningful photographic narratives that expressed ideas of intimacy, change and emotional struggle, expressed through each creatures’ inanimate form.

Darkroom / Liquid Photo Emulsion
Alternative Processes

Gillian specialises in bonding and sealing images onto a range of natural surfaces using either liquid photo emulsion or image-transfer medium.

 

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People

A small selection photos from commissioned feature stories and portraiture assignments taken on black and white film from 1989 - 1995.

Darkroom / Liquid Photo Emulsion
Return To Landscape

This is a new body of work that will explore the magical qualities found in the bleak spaces of the East Anglian landscape.

Mixed Media
Mina

My name is Mina I am 2 years and 2 months old. I am the younger sister of two brothers. My parents and grandparents are all from Kurdistan but I was born in Ipswich, UK. I am a 'Daddy's Girl'.

Mixed Media
Humam

Syria my love, Damascus from you the mother of civilisations, get back your warmth and heal my deep wounds. Get back to my neighbourhood, my school and bring back the ink, chalks and books. You’re the priceless diamond. You’re the paradise on earth. You’re everything beautiful ….

Mixed Media
Naela

I came here from Kurdistan, Iraq to the UK because I am married. I am very sad to leave my country and my family, but my husband and I are very happy in the UK. My sister still lives in Iraq, life is very different there because religion and politics are complicated in our society.

Mixed Media
Arya

This beautiful Kohl bottle is a gift from my mother in Iraq. She bought it for me a year ago. It is very precious to me. Sometimes I use it for putting on my eye make-up for special occasions.

Mixed Media
Asrin

My name is Asrin, I am from Eastern Kurdistan, which is located in the country of Iran. I travelled to the UK with my family when I was 14 years old. It was a difficult journey. I am very pleased to live in a safe country now and I am the mother of 3 kids. I still wear my traditional clothes because my culture and nationality are still very important to me.

Mixed Media
Sudanese Teenager

When I was little my father always told me that happiness was the key to life. But it is not easy to be far away from your family and continue a happy life. If you don’t have an experience that living without family then you wouldn’t know the meaning of sadness.

Especially if you don’t know where your family is.

Mixed Media
Rifaii

They say: When will we meet!?

I say: After a year and a war…

They say: When does the war end!?

I say: When we meet…

Mixed Media
Teenage Boys

When we first left the Sudan we travelled alone. It is hard to leave to leave your family and your country but when we arrived in the UK we found life quite different because we felt safe and were surprised how well people treated us.

Digital Work
Erotica 1

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Digital Work
Erotica 2

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Erotica 3

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Digital Work
Paralympian 1

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Digital Work
Paralympian 3

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Digital Work
Paralympian 2

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Digital Work
London Fashion Week 1

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Digital Work
London Fashion Week 3

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Digital Work
Home Sweet Home 1

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Digital Work
Home Sweet Home 2

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Digital Work
Home Sweet Home 3

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Digital Work
Macedonia - The Final 2

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Digital Work
Macedonia - The Final 3

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Digital Work
Macedonia - The Final 4

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Digital Work
Macedonia - The Final 5

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Digital Work
#Winning!

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Digital Work
London Fashion Week 2

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Mixed Media
Dunvegan Castle Gardens, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK, 2001

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Mixed Media
Duntulm, Isle of Skye, Scotland, UK, 2001

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Mixed Media
Goldhanger, Essex, UK, 2002

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Mixed Media
Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk, UK, 2001

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Mixed Media
Southerness, Solway Firth, UK, 2002

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Mixed Media
Wester Ross, Scotland, UK, 2002

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Mixed Media
Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk, UK, 2000

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Mixed Media
The Black Water, Essex, UK, 2002

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Mixed Media
Southerness, Solway Firth, UK, 2002

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Mixed Media
Gairloch, Wester Ross, Scotland, UK, 2002

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Mixed Media
Mewslade Bay, Gower Peninsula, Wales, UK, 2004

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Mixed Media
Ramsholt, Suffolk, UK, 2004

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Mixed Media
Honnington, Suffolk, UK, 2002

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Mixed Media
Harkstead, Suffolk, UK, 2004

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Mixed Media
Ramsholt, Suffolk, UK, 2003

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Mixed Media
Occuld, Suffolk, UK, 2002

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Mixed Media
Loch Ewe, Scotland, UK, 2002

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Mixed Media
Barham, Suffolk, UK, 2004

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Mixed Media
Goldhanger, Essex, UK, 2002

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Mixed Media
Southerness, Solway, Firth, UK, 2002

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Digital Work
Frozen 2015

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Digital Work
Bad Day 2016

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D-Coy 2015

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Digital Work
Hanging 2015

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It's Good To Talk 2014

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Last Dawn 2016

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Digital Work
Moonlight Run 2015

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Digital Work
Love Me Do 2016

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Loft Mouse 2015

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Moon Rabbit 2015

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Muncjack 2015

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Baby Bird 2015

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Road Rage 2015

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Resting 2014

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Trophy No.1 2014

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Trophy No.2 2016

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Digital Work
Dead In The Water 2015

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Trophy No.3 2016

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Darkroom / Liquid Photo Emulsion
Self Portrait Image 2013

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Darkroom / Liquid Photo Emulsion
Cupped Hands Image 2013

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Darkroom / Liquid Photo Emulsion
Self Portrait Image 2013

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Darkroom / Liquid Photo Emulsion
Kylemore Abbey, Ireland 1998

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Darkroom / Liquid Photo Emulsion
Close Up Of Home Grown Vegetables On Driftwood 2013

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Sculpture In the Park, Christchurch Park, Ipswich, Suffolk 2001

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Darkroom / Liquid Photo Emulsion
Year of the Artist 2000

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Darkroom / Liquid Photo Emulsion
Ascent, Scotland 1998

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Darkroom / Liquid Photo Emulsion
Lord Eric de Saumarez, Shrubland Hall Estate, Suffolk 2001

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Darkroom / Liquid Photo Emulsion
Speak No Evil 1999

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Close up detail 2013

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Darkroom / Liquid Photo Emulsion
Sculpture In the Park, Christchurch Park, Ipswich, Suffolk 2001

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Darkroom / Liquid Photo Emulsion
Sculpture In the Park, Christchurch Park, Ipswich, Suffolk 2001

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Darkroom / Liquid Photo Emulsion
Sculpture In the Park, Christchurch Park, Ipswich, Suffolk 2001

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Darkroom / Liquid Photo Emulsion
Year of the Artist - 2000

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London Underground tube cleaner 1992

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Forester Joseph overpowers Dawn Davis 1994

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It's a Knock Out 1991

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Fercados entering the bull-ring 1991

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Terry Lawless, Jimmy Tibbs and Frank Black 1991

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Dawn Davis 1994

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London Underground tube cleaners 1992

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At the Bull Fight 1991

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Celestial Church of Jesus Christ, Islington, London 1988

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Feeding Time 1989

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Wedding Day 1992

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1940s Rock'n~Roll Club Tufnell Park, London 1989

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Sir Paul McCartney, Hastings Studio 1992

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Paul & Linda McCartney, Hastings Studio 1992

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Tony Benn, Holland Park study 1993

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Jo Brand, backstage at The Royal Festival Hall 1993

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Tony Blair, The Liberal Club 1993

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Digital Work
Embrace 2015

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Mixed Media
Mother

I am from Northern Iraq/Kurdistan Region. In my culture the role of a mother is very important – I look after the home and my three boys, it is very hard work.

Mixed Media
Four Friends

We are four Muslim women from Kosovo and Albania, that met here in Ipswich. What binds us together is our heart- felt respect and love for our families, our friendship, our religion and our shared understanding of the importance of prayer.

Mixed Media
Brother & Sister

Me and my sister came to the UK a year ago from Iraq. I was 6 and my sister was 2 years old. Although we are a very close family, I still remember home and sometimes I miss it, I would really love to see my grandmother and my aunty.  

Mixed Media
Burning Mist - North Norfolk 2018

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Mixed Media
First Light - North Norfolk

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Mixed Media
Sunrise - North Norfolk 2018

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After Sunset - North Norfolk

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Mixed Media
On Reflection - Dedham Vale 2019

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Mixed Media
Stowupland Sunset - Suffolk, 2018

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