In the next of our Meet The Maker Series we meet Sheona Beaumont, Bristol photographer and artist.
Hi SHEONA! Please tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.
I’m a Bristol-born artist and researcher. I’m addicted to photography, its language and the incredible versatility you get when you work digitally - I’m happiest when tinkering with images on my computer and/or writing about them.
What inspires your creations?
A whole range of things, which usually end up in the images as various layers - sometimes obviously, sometimes not. New ways of seeing the same thing, other artists’ work, the Bible, music, Rilke, midnight thinking.
What do you feel makes your work unique?
I refuse to see photography as an impersonal one-eyed window on the world. Everything I make explores the spiritual and emotion dimensions of images made with photography’s unique relationship to reality.
Is being based in Bristol important to your work?
Absolutely. I feel I’m treading paths that Richard Long first started exploring - the substance of Bristol’s landscape and what we experience by being in it.
If you were to give one of your products as a gift, what would it be and why?
My book. In it, the Bristol Through the Lens series come together in words as well as images - the essay is key, and still enlightens me about what I was trying to do when I made them! It also mentions 4 other artists doing interesting things with photographs of Bristol, which are beautiful and fascinating.
What is the best thing about being a local business?
The community. I like working on my own, but it’s being based here that’s given me opportunities to exhibit and learn and print with other people.
What products from other makers on The Bristol Shop do you like?
Susan Taylor’s graphic designs - so satisfying!
What has been your greatest success as an independent business?
Having one of my pieces of the Severn Estuary selected for the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition in London. It’s a lenticular print - so the image changed as you walked past it, from a very high tide to a low one. This way of making photographic work really excites me at the moment.
What aspect of your work do you particularly love?
Those moments when everything works and you create something that seems to go beyond what you thought you were doing.