Monday, 19 April 2010

Up and Coming: Bella Wood

Berries on pavement, Saltaire, 2009

I carry my Olympus MJU II 35mm compact camera everywhere I go. I still love the feeling of ‘picking up my pictures’ from the film processors, not knowing exactly how they will have turned out or maybe forgetting I’ve taken certain ones. I’m not after technical perfection, preferring to capture a feeling, a moment or a place, rather than miss it or manipulate it later, altering reality. These photographs have been taken on my travels over the last year.

Boat, Keighley, 2009

Car repairs, Keighley, 2009

Snow, Skipton, 2009

Bypass embankment, Skipton, 2009

Reliant robin, Skipton, 2009

Works yard, Keighley, 2009

All images © Bella Wood

Isabella Wood was born in Otley, West Yorkshire, in 1973. After buying her first camera at a jumble sale, aged 8, her life-long passion for photography began. In 2002, Isabella graduated with a 1st Class, BA (Hons) Degree in Photography, from Reading College of Arts & Design. She was also awarded ‘Student Photographer of the Year’, London and Home Counties Region, (Print Awards), 2002. Alongside her studies, she spent 3 years as Club Photographer for the Reading Evening Post, photographing clubbers and DJ’s. Her pictures appeared once a week in the ‘Reading Alive’ supplement. In the summer holidays she worked at the Garden Picture Library in London as an office assistant. After finishing her degree she was offered a position at Time Out, (Guides), London, where she worked for a year as Picture Desk Assistant. In August 2008, Isabella ran photographic workshops for 8 - 11 year olds, at ‘Play Away’ children’s play scheme, near Skipton. Her photographs have been published in the Chester Chronicle, Time Out, (Student Guides) and in promotional material for London 21 Sustainability Network, Women’s Design Service, London and Volunteer Centre, Craven.

In October 2008, Isabella was selected, by a competitive national open submission, to take part in 9 months of photographic workshops at Impressions Gallery, Bradford. Run by Manchester based photography network, ‘Redeye’, in association with Impressions, 13 photographers worked towards the ‘Lost in Transit’ exhibition, held at the Studio at Impressions Gallery in June 2009. This exhibition moved on to Vyner Street Gallery, Bethnal Green in October 2009, becoming part of the prestigious London ‘Photomonth’ festival. Isabella lives in Skipton, where she is Vice President of Skipton Camera Club and photographer for Volunteer Centre, Craven.