I am a writer, photographer and visual anthropologist currently based in Stockholm. I am in the writing-up stages of my PhD after fieldwork in the North of Sweden (Goldsmiths University of London, supported by CHASE/ The Arts and Humanities Research Council).
In my fine art work I shoot entirely on film, 35mm and medium format. I like the ways in which the texture, grain, and colours of the given film characterise the images, and I love the magic of the chemistry. It brings nostalgia into the grain of the image and it is, for me, what makes photography special.
In my art practice I am working through the relationships I have with landscape and the natural world. It is deeply personal while also connecting to the ideas I read and research for my PhD. It is the fear and exhilaration of the sea, memories of childhood and being thrown from the board in a wave - everything grey and rushed. The forest, in contrast, is a place of tiny spirits and monstrous trees, where big meets small and where hours melt away in the moss. And all the while, mountains rise from the earth and seem still.
In my visual anthropology practice I am trying to understand the local relationships with nature and climate in Arjeplog, in Northern Sweden. Photography is woven into the core of my research project, and I have shown an exhibition in Arjeplog as well as experimenting with older techniques including cyanotypes and photograms. I aim to use these different kind of photographs in discussion with participants to understand relationships to the environment, to home, and to the growing discourses of climate change occurring at the national and global scale.
I have worked as a photographer in the UK and Sweden. Previous and ongoing clients include Somerset House Trust, Somerset House Studios, The Francis Gahan Band, Ändebols Gård, MARGUERITE, Arjeplognytt, and IKWRO. I have had work shown in Lantliv, VICE, The Daily Mirror, Portrait Salon 2015, TimeOut London, Arts Council England, Reuters, and The Wall St International. Selected works are available as fine art prints.
All images © Flora Bartlett and may not be reproduced without permission