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People Watching: Lucy Bedford Photography Exhibition

28th August 2019

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Lucy Bedford has been interested in photography since she was a little girl, with a heavy influence from her dad, and was always encouraged to snap away.

"Nothing fancy, but just photographing what we were doing and what I liked,’ says Lucy. "To be honest though, the more technical side of things, learning about the science of it all and learning how to develop, put me off, as I was worried I wouldn’t get it so I never took things further at school or college."

When Lucy was getting married a few years ago, she was thrown back into photography as an observer, quickly realising that finding the right wedding photographer was one of her top priorities. "My impression was that wedding photography was very soulless and staged but suddenly, if you looked hard enough (this was early 10s, things have moved on a lot in 8 years!) there were wedding photographers out there who would document the day, alongside getting those important family shots. I met our wedding photographer, York based Joe Dodsworth, and chatting to him over those months of preparation inspired me. He made me realise that you could be a photographer from an art background and you didn’t have to be formally taught photography. I could photograph what I see and what I liked and if it didn’t come out right, try again."

"I’ve always been a people watcher and I am inspired by what and who I see around me. Instagram is a fantastic tool for creatives and, before I’d even picked up a camera again, I was getting daily doses of street photography and more natural ‘family’ photography and realised that photographing the world as you see it was a real thing. I picked up my camera again after my second son was born in 2016 and the rest is history."

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If you have an eye then you have an eye and you will capture it with practice. Just pick up a camera and give it a go

"This is my first exhibition and one I was so happy and surprised with because the majority of my work that gets shown around and appreciated is my family work, so to have my artistic stuff, my personal stuff, seen, is a big deal for me."

"I shoot with a Nikon because that is what I could first afford and I’m happy and comfortable with it, so have kept with it as I’ve upgraded. I keep it quite simple, im very happy with my prime 35mm lens, which is ideal for portraits, but I find I use it for a lot of what I do. Street-wise, it gives me exactly what im looking for.

"Photography started as a hobby for me, a way to capture those first years of my son’s lives. Then a hobby that went a little further, and now a profession that works very well alongside my other career and my family. I guess im a commercial photographer in that I photograph other people’s lives for money but I try and shoot for me too, artistically. I hope as my boys get older I will have more time to focus on this side of things."

"Instagram can be a huge influence for many people and I have curated my feed, both professionally and personally, to use it as daily inspiration for my photography, style, where to eat, where to visit etc. Like many start ups, social media is a big tool for me to share my work and hopefully gain business commercially. Its also a great place to share my other work but I never expect it to get picked up!"

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"This is my first exhibition and one I was so happy and surprised with because the majority of my work that gets shown around and appreciated is my family work, so to have my artistic stuff, my personal stuff, seen, is a big deal for me."

"My exhibition is a small collection of some street photography I have done at home and abroad over the last couple of years. There is a natural pull to the east coast and Hull, which is where my family are from originally and I am hugely inspired each time I go with my camera. The characters and the colours and the unpretentious ways are fantastic. I’ve also included other coastal work from abroad and also some street work from Italy. I think its a good reflection of what goes on in my head and through my eyes photographically when I’m in these places.

"I hope that this exhibition is the start of others, over time, but to be honest, I’m shooting for myself. I hope the family side of my work continues to grow as I love getting out there and meeting local families and couples but im just really happy to be doing what I’m doing right now."

"I was asked about getting into photography by a friend recently and I would offer the same advice as anyone, the similar words that were spoken to me back in 2011; just teach yourself. If you have an eye then you have an eye and you will capture it with practice. Just pick up a camera and give it a go, at the very least you capture some images of your family, friends or life to treasure. Even if it’s on your phone."

The exhibition is at Angel on the Green bar and restuarant, Bishopthorpe Road, York, until Sunday 15 September.

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