“The question is not what you look at but what you see.” Henry David Thoreau
“Hope’s photographs seem to take their viewers by the hand to point out things they’ve missed in the world around them.” Rebekah White, Editor, Pro Photographer.
“Photography allows me to make the ‘ordinary’ captivating, I have always noticed the minutiae of life and take inspiration in things that others simply pass by. I am often enchanted by the way light plays on the simplest objects.” Jenny Hope, Photographer.
Growing up in North Wales where her father was a talented amateur photographer, Jenny spent many hours observing the alchemy of photography in his darkroom. In awe of the way images appeared as if by magic, chemistry combined with the ‘art of seeing’.
Her photographic training began in what she calls the ‘darkroom ages’ at the Pimlico School of Arts and Media in London and later at the London College of Printing. During her studies, life took an unexpected turn and her photographic ambitions were temporarily quelled.
The offer of a new life, a new environment and aspirations for a simpler more sustainable lifestyle came with the relocation to New Zealand in 2006.
An inquiring mind, an eye for detail and a deep appreciation for life, nature and the environment define the style and content of Jenny Hope’s photography. Her work shares her affinity for the minutiae of life and evokes nostalgia of life’s simple pleasures.
She is drawn to capturing the things that as a society we don’t pay much attention to. And she nurtures this tendency by immersing herself in a rural life; painstakingly renovating the family’s ‘Paradise Cottage’, growing organic vegetables, foraging for wild foods, home baking, taking camping holidays and swimming in the river on hot summer days.
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