Motherhood

The End of Lockdown

Image: A middle way in Badock’s Wood, Corsham, 2020. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont (For those with children going back to school after 6 months at home) Maybe it’s not a time for writing. Maybe the coalescing of junctioned thoughts gives too much structure to the wisps of ideas. They haven’t been written for so long …

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A Financial Picture of Self-employment

The recently published report (Dec 2018) from the Arts Council, Livelihoods of Visual Artists: 2016 Data Report, found that 90% of visual artists in the UK don’t make enough money to live on. Across the 2,000 artists surveyed, the average income from art practice was £6,000. This is further skewed by a small number of …

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Dreaming of the resurrection

Image: Natal, 2018, at the Chaiya Art Awards, London. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. NOTEBOOK SPOTLIGHT: Natal I almost don’t know how to write. It’s Holy Week (or Still Week, as in Denmark; or Suffering Week, Germany). This year, more than most, I find myself small in the face of Christendom’s elegiac, centuries’ old commemoration of …

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Blue supermoon, and two superstars, at Lacock Abbey

Image: Sharrington Tower in the Moonlight I, 2018. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. Photographing celestial events is something I can’t resist. I’ve had my camera trained on the Venus & Jupiter conjunction of 2012, two eclipses in 2015 (one lunar and one solar), and tonight’s blue supermoon. My approach is decidedly non-technical. With wildly varying results, …

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Seeing red with Paul Cummins

Image: A Paul Cummins’ poppy hits the dirt in Bristol. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. It’s 2015. We’re thinking about the New Year. But this is my stake in the ground for the old year, for memory, for something inscribed in the winter ground of dirt and decay. Arriving in the post a couple of days …

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Saying Christmas louder than words

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last month analysing the iconographic language of photographs by Julia Margaret Cameron. Her photographs of Mary are undoubtedly tied to the realism of a posed, dressed up model who is trying to look like a biblical Mary. But the question I keep coming back to is how …

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Dylan in the spotlight

Image: Dylan, 12 hours old in Southmead Hospital, Bristol. Photograph by Sheona Beaumont. One Born Every Minute, Channel 4, 9pm, 10th March. I find myself emerging from maternity leave with both a work hat and a mum hat on at the same time. In the public sphere of TV and online debate around this programme, …

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The photo before the family

The formal group photograph – in this case a typical college portrait of a particular year – is both a launchpad for stories, or a place where they seem to stall. The front plane of smiling faces and presented posture has no side or back, and there is no way round or into pictures from …

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