“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” Aaron Rose

Carol Cotterill’s interest in photography began at the early age of 7 when her father gave her an SLR camera. After mastering how to hold such a large object in small hands, she rapidly progressed on to directing her father to smash eggs and lightbulbs in holders whilst trying to capture multiple images of said destruction! Black and white processing soon followed, giving Carol her first insight into image manipulation.

Having worked as a lighting designer and scenic painter in theatre, Carol became aware of how light and shade, colour and contrast could influence the emotions of those viewing images, scenes and paintings. Over time, these became qualities that inspired her and guided her photography, leading her to all seven continents in search of light, dark and all the shades in between!

However a move into geology in her late twenties introduced another slant to her work. Chiaroscuro was joined by the balance between the angular geometry of our man-made world and the sweeping curves and symmetry of the natural one.

This quest to portray the balance between light and dark, natural and man-made is going to keep Carol occupied for a very long time to come! But hopefully some of the images she shows from her journey will inspire you, make you want to get outside and investigate the world around us, but most of all make you smile.

Photography is a magical kind of art that allows people to preserve time and moments, and to describe the world the way they see it.” Sahara Sanders


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