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Alyjackson

Welcome to my website. Please get in touch if you have any questions or simply want to make a comment about the site or my work.

I was born about 3 miles from the North Sea and spent my childhood in the mining villages of Easington Lane and Hetton-Le-Hole, near Durham. Although I left the North East in my late teens, my heart will always be there. The people, coastline and the spirit of the place are compelling and certainly inspired my creativity from an early age.

Although I have been taking photographs for 30+ years, my career path initially led away from this passion and to working with disengaged and isolated teenagers for many years. I developed a hatred of injustice and spent significant amounts of time attempting to argue with, fight and change the system. Much of my later photographic and fine art work is inspired by the concepts of belonging, memory and separation – themes which have impacted on my life as well as the lives of some of the people I worked with over the years.

Starting with a Zenith EM at the age of 16, (so heavy!) I spent years working through the manual functions of first the Zenith and then an Olympus OM20, graduating eventually to slightly better quality 35mm film cameras.

As with many photographers, I embraced the digital age and enjoy playing around with a Nikon DSLR and Lightroom nearly as much as I enjoyed the hours spent in a darkened bathroom developing my own black and white images.

In 2013 I graduated with a First Class Fine Art Degree which has focused my practice and enabled me to build on my technical knowledge, but more importantly to develop a language for the work which asks questions and stimulates discussion about subject, form and meaning. I have just completed my Master of Fine Art with a Distinction and hope to further explore existing and new visual questions. I am an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and try to keep involved with the ‘club’ as and when I can.

I continue to be interested in the relationship between people and their sense of belonging or identity and much of my recent work has explored these themes. I am rarely without  a camera and many of my final works begin with images from journeys to the sea, walking in Derbyshire, where I have lived for longer than I was in the North East, and observing the big as well as the small things all of the time.

Aly Jackson

MA, BA (Hons), ARPS.