Gold Arts Award Photography

Unit 2 Part D Online showing of photographic material

Since the early stages of my creative development, I have wanted to pursue portraiture. It holds its own special allure, a dynamism that mimics and challenges realism. I love the vitality a blind drawing can possess, the linear energy of a quick sketch and the dramatic significance of an abstract painting.

I have also always had an inclination to visit galleries, to write or immerse myself in a beautifully constructed play or film. Photography, in particular, stood out as a potent language capable of framing the world around us. Still, my initial photographic pieces were incohesive without context. It was through interviewing artists like the innovative and sensitive Sarah Fishburn, a practitioner with an admiration for collage (the gorgeously eclectic blend of digital art manipulations and mixed-media), and spending time in Paris, Malaga and eventually Amsterdam, cities with a matchless reverence for arts and culture, that I was able to progress in my new art practice. I was moved to pursue abstract and minimalist (inspiration sought from the modern Polka Galerie), nature (in respect of the artful impressionist works in Musee Orangerie and D'Orsay) and portrait photography (inspired by the “magic, contradiction, and ambiguity” of Martin Parr’s photo collections).

As a whole, I have been able to develop my innovative practice in photography while learning new skills that have enhanced my capabilities as an aspiring artist. In my experience of many photography forms and techniques, I have been moved to experiment. I value new underrated art practices and have extended my portfolio to digital art and mixed media pieces. Although I was primarily a visual portraitist, my volunteering and leadership experience have given me the skills and openness to appreciate and explore many art forms.

Please let me know what you think of my final pieces below or visit my Tumblr blog and Pinterest page for inspiration.


Joanna Bailey

Joanna Bailey Local Reporter

I'm a young freelance magazine journalist, artist and student based in Dartford. When time allows, you'll catch me taking an obsessive number of photos, sketching an abstract digital art portrait or watching an old bucket-listed film. When I'm not blogging, I'm admiring an underrated art piece somewhere or immersed in a classic play or novel.

Check out my Gold Arts Award portfolio here:

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  • Diana Walton

    On 20 November 2017, 09:17 Diana Walton Voice Team commented:

    What a great set of photos Joanna! I love the way the photoblog starts out linking into a holiday scene then gradually becomes more and more abstract! You have a real feel for colour and texture.

  • Luke Taylor

    On 20 November 2017, 10:50 Luke Taylor Contributor commented:

    I agree with Diana, your photography is amazing! Do you digitally render these at all?

  • Tom Inniss

    On 20 November 2017, 11:48 Tom Inniss Voice Team commented:

    Love it! Some really awesome shots here - I particularly enjoyed the metal grates of the Eiffel Tower and the unknown one in Paris.
    Also - you've completely changed my opinion of the Samsung A5, which I always thought had a bad camera. Goes to show that any camera can be good in the right hands!

    Fantastic job.

  • Joanna Bailey

    On 20 November 2017, 13:55 Joanna Bailey Local Reporter commented:

    Thank you!! I'm glad you like my photos. I usually edit on Adobe Photoshop

  • Chloe Giles

    On 30 November 2017, 10:21 Chloe Giles commented:

    Fabulous, a very talented writer and photographer!

  • Dean Jones

    On 28 September 2018, 14:59 Dean Jones commented:

    Hi Joanna, your work looks fab. I'm about to run a Gold Arts Award within photography for the first time. Any advice you can offer would be hugely appreciated!

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