At the London Photo Show, we feel enriched by the number of talented and engaging photographers that we’ve been lucky enough to meet at the exhibition. Something we love the most is the diversity of backgrounds that our exhibitors come from.
We asked Janet Baylis, who exhibited with us in 2019 and returns in 2020, what her story was, she told us:
I think probably what inspired my photography the most in the beginning was my devotion to dance when I used to study the photographs of dance through the years, and saw how the pattern of dance, and dancer’s shapes are expressed in images.
However, for the majority of my working life I was an Occupational Therapist when I lived in various cities including Dublin, Manchester and Bristol. It wasn’t until years later working in Cheltenham, that I realised how much I really wanted to take my photography further as a career.
I tucked a Photography ‘A’ level under my belt which allowed me to see, being a person now in my 50s, how I would find studying alongside young people literally more than half my age. Indeed, I felt very privileged to learn from the young students around me when I then returned to full time study. A fabulous but challenging course I was delighted to gain a BA Hons in Photography Editorial and Advertising at the University of Gloucestershire.
Since then my commercial work has included Interiors and Weddings. As regards my personal projects I realise I am increasingly moved to express the harmonious side of life. I look to frame views and moments, or subjects that express the good and hopeful in life – a mountain path, a tiny petal, the shape of people in conversation.
I find that working to create and curate a series of prints for an exhibition is a very exciting and motivating process. I choose to enter the LPS as it is a perfect opportunity to focus my photographer’s mind on a particular theme and message I want to convey.
The exhibition becomes a catalyst for ideas, whilst The Bargehouse Gallery on London’s Southbank – provides a wonderfully gritty backdrop. Exhibiting provides the chance to swop ideas with the other exhibitors, and gain precious insight into how friends and the public see your work.
A huge benefit too is that it helps you see how you can continue to develop new projects, be they for business or personal, further down the line.
Some of Janet’s work that she exhibited in 2019. We can’t wait to see what she shows at the 2020 London Photo Show.Share this