Trudy Raven was my neighbour for 5 years and I have always been amazed by her energy and strength to live such a long and happy life. Her hair is still naturally brown, she gardens each day, grows vegetables and lives next door to her son Jimmy and his wife. She has twelve great grandchildren who keep her active. Her mind is sharp as a button and she has just celebrated her birthday of 100 years on this planet. It is an honour to know her.
I am working on a series of portraits exploring the dreaminess of teenagers. My son is the start of a body of work that will take shape in the coming months. Watch this space…
I am very pleased to have the opportunity to meet Danielle who is an Artistic Champion Roller Skater. She is studying a Law Degree at present and is keen at weekends to continue her passion for skating and coaching. It was a pleasure to meet her and Danielle’s Mother, Amanda, and have the chance to photograph the skater in her family home. My documentary photography project is slowly taking shape now and I will be entering the second phase of it soon. Watch this space….
I have been selected as part of Norfolk by Design Exhibition this March 17th -20th 2016. The theme is Nature. Location: Main Barn at Creake Abbey, in North Creake, Norfolk. See: http://www.norfolk-by-design.com/portfolio-items/debby-besford/
I am delighted by LensCulture’s response.. Very encouraging for me and what I truly love doing.
As part of our mission of discovering the best of contemporary photography, we have completed our annual review of all submissions to our competitions. We wanted to let you know your entry to the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2015 (shown below) was among the highly-rated entries we received this year.
It was a great pleasure to photograph Ellen at her home a few weekends ago. I love the bright colours of the interior that compliment her skating dress and hair decoration. She was asked to think about a moment of glory. I am hoping to build on at least 10-12 portraits in the next few months. There is another part to the project which I will reveal in the New Year! I want to get this recognised in a few contemporary photography magazines and perhaps a weekend supplement.
My early experience of sport started with ballet and ballroom dancing lessons – this then led onto Artistic Roller Skating. As I progressed I became familiar with competitions, skating shows, medals, moments of glory and disappointment – This helped shape me as a young person and now in my adult years has paid off in a very positive way. Artistic Roller Skating taught me to face my fears and gain confidence in myself, as well as train very intensely before and after school and at weekends. Travel consisted of long car journeys across the UK and Europe, plus living with a German family while training in Freiburg, Germany when I was 14 years old. I learned how to cope with success and moments of anti-climax, as well as being physically and mentally challenged. Reflecting upon it now, I realise that my emotional experiences in those early years are all the things we continue to experience through life – and it’s how we respond to each situation that is put in front of us that counts.
As a Documentary Photographer I have always been interested in performance, theatre and sports. I decided to venture back to the same town and explore how Artistic Roller Skating has evolved and to photograph young talented individuals and pair skaters in their homes. Roller skating has often not been met with the same popularity and enthusiasm to that of Ice skating as seen on the television. It is harder to attempt the jumps and spins on quads, due to the weight and structure of the skates and that it is more clunkier. However, the same elements are practiced on wheels as that of ice blades. My objective is to highlight the sport to a wider audience – I am also working on a few other ideas that will show how skaters facials expressions are captured in mid-air. To be published nationally next year.
Exciting news! I have been selected as one of the finalists for the AOP Awards 2015. Off to London next week to the ceremony and meet all the other finalists, and see who wins!!
These girls are talented individuals who took time out to be part of a photo project I am working on that explores the representation of teenagers and their interests in rural and urban environments. I am particularly interested in young people who work in pairs and have a unique ability to work together and share similar interests.