Work: Jo Dressler and Harry Rose

Over the course of our ‘Another Way of Looking’ season back in November, we had a couple of people helping us out that went above and beyond in donating their time and efforts as we hosted events, workshops and exhibitions. Turns out, they were both photographers too, so we thought we’d take a look at their work on our blog…

Jo Dressler

Jo’s work beautifully combines her illustration with her photographic portraiture to create these striking images, influenced by her interest in cultural identity…



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“These images are a combination of my photographs and illustrations. I began making them as part of a portraiture project in my first year of my photography degree when I was exploring cultural identity and pattern. These are themes I have always been interested in and have re-occurred throughout my practice. I began by taking portraits of people of as many different nationalities as possible, so that as a collective they represent our multicultural society, something which I believe is worth celebrating. The ethnicities of the people in these pictures include; Italian, Indian-Columbian, British, Persian and Turkish. The hand-drawn patterns are loosely related to the culture of the sitter though the monochrome palette makes this less defined. The series has continued to grow as cultural identity is something I will always be fascinated by and drawing in this free/spontaneous way is something I really enjoy and find therapeutic.”

Harry Rose

Harry is a graduate of Newport University (or The University of South Wales, as it is now) and whilst he was helping us out he took us through his book, ‘In The Company of an Invisible Man’…

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In this body of work, Harry returned to the mountains of North Wales to explore the landscape both physically and photographically. Such is the delicate execution of the images, it’s clear even without reading the accompanying text that this landscape is of considerable significance to Harry, so much so that his pictures almost create a sense of ownership of the hills (perhaps unintended, but visible all the same); The landscape has become his, or his ancestors, to pass down through the generations. As Harry explores, he collects artefacts and geological specimens, photographs them and the landscape, and combines them with archive images to create a deeply personal series that was realised in a book in 2014. Not only is it an exploration into loss, memory, time and the permanence of place but ultimately the work demonstrates not only how we perceive and shape a landscape to our needs, but also how a familiar landscape shapes us.

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