Emma Clinton

Venue: 05. Geranium Cottage, 30 Long Row, Belper, DE56 1DS

Emma Clinton | PhotoHaiku – Fine Art Photography and design with a Zen Instinct

Prints, Cards, Notecards, Stationery, Homewares and Gifts.

Emma F Clinton was born in Derbyshire and is a self-taught photographer, designer and poet with an MA in Creative Writing.

Emma’s images are captured mostly in Derbyshire & Yorkshire, in heritage locations across the country, in rural towns and villages and the Peak District National Park. Still life work is captured in the 18th Century mill cottage where she lives.

Emma exhibited for the first time at the Belper Open Houses event in Derbyshire in 2016. Emma's work has also been exhibited at The Old Station Gallery, Derbyshire - later re-launched as The Old Lockup Studio in Cromford. She has been selling her work at various art and craft markets and events since 2016. What she has learned from her customers has enabled her to expand her range of products to include, not only traditional prints and cards, but many more gorgeous things that incorporate the best of Emma's fine art photography.

Emma will photograph whatever catches her eye, though it's the distinctive qualities of the British Isles, its flora and heritage that is the biggest draw - particularly that of her native county of Derbyshire. You'll sometimes find her in the heart of the city too, trying her hand at a bit of street photography or architectural work. The challenge of marrying subject and composition, and the stimulation of the imaginative and emotional response are key to what keeps her motivated.

In her floral and botanical images - captured both in our native hedgerows and woodlands or in the grand gardens of stately homes and heritage properties - Emma sometimes sees a connection with the traditional Japanese haiku poem: natural, often distinctively seasonal, with the emphasis on the impression the subject creates in the moment. This inspires the writing of complementary haiku poems which are overlaid onto the photograph to create 'PhotoHaiku'. The 'chop' or 'seal' on these images and in the 'PhotoHaiku' logo reads 'haiku' in Japanese, and functions as a kind of signature. There is a long tradition in both China and Japan of incorporating poetry into paintings, for example the 'haiga' of Basho.

Emma F Clinton is a member of the Royal Photographic Society

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