Lucy Saggers has lived in Ampleforth since 2004 and worked as a photographer since 2013. From a young age, she was drawn to the documentary photographs of James Ravilious, learning darkroom photography while studying for her degree in psychology (Newcastle University) and masters in animal behaviour (Edinburgh University). For the following ten years she worked in wildlife conservation and rural development in the UK, West and East Africa, until moving with her husband and children to Ampleforth, North Yorkshire.
Arriving in Ampleforth, Lucy was struck by the beauty she saw in everyday life and felt increasingly rooted by the sense of permanence derived from the deep layers of connection among the community and its landscape. After a diploma in photography (2012-13), Lucy began documenting the landscape, then gradually capturing the ordinary goings-on in and around the village.
Working in an unhurried, steady way is of great importance. As well as allowing her practice to develop, it gives residents a chance to become used to the idea of being photographed going about their daily lives. One of the key elements of her work is its honesty and authenticity, which is wholly reliant on mutual trust and understanding.
Lucy works in black and white to focus on what, to her, are the essential components of composition, texture and light, feeling that this way she can get closer to the timeless essence of a scene. Using prime lenses and available light, she produces her photographs as limited edition, archive prints on fine art paper.
Lucy has exhibited regionally and nationally, including at the Mall Galleries
as a finalist in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Award
in 2015 and 2016; at the Prince's Foundation
as Winner of Craft Photographer of the Year 2015. In 2015 her work was also selected for the second round of the National Portrait Gallery
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize and in 2017 'Coconut slice' was Highly Commended at the Bowes Museum
'Only in the North' competition alongside the Tony Ray Jones & Martin Parr exhibition.
Lucy's work - held in private collections across Europe, Australia and the US - is available to buy (see PHOTOGRAPHS). Lucy is also represented by Watermark Gallery
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"Great photography requires devotion to subject matter.
And yet you must also develop the craft that enables you to "channel" your thoughts, feelings, ideas, and impressions of your subject directly through your camera.
Lucy Saggers is such a photographer, a modern visual poet whose images give light to the people she knows and loves in the village landscape where she lives."
Joe Cornish, 2018