I was born about 4 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.
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 completed my Master of Fine Art in 2014 and hope to further explore existing and new visual questions. I am also an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society.
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 have had the opportunity to spend three months over the past few years in Iceland, a country which has inspired my with it’s unbelievably stunning landscape and the stories of its people and their lives.
The combination of a place and the people who belong to it continues to fascinate me as I develop my practice.
Please get in touch if you have any questions or simply want to make a comment about the site or my work.Aly Jackson
MA, BA (Hons), ARPS.