Gin Rimmington Jones, photographer based in Brighton, UK
2016-2018 MA in Photography at the University of Brighton
Matters of the earth form the bedrock of my practice. I am endlessly fascinated by the complex interrelationship between the landscape and the individual; and indeed the natural world's relationship with us. I use my camera as a way of feeling my way into any given landscape, or space. It is an extension of my philosophical need to explore and understand the world around me. Walking with my camera is a form of meditation, whether I am in landscapes that I know intimately through time and repetition, or newly encountered environments. I like to delve into natural processes in relation to human intervention and questions of time and existence; and I consider both landscapes and images to be in a constant state of transition. This narrative, this dialogue, is a journey of endless revelation for me through which I hope to open up a wider conversation around the individual's experience of the world around us, and the interconnectedness of humankind and the earth.
My research-based projects encompass notions of landscape within the disciplines of philosophy, history, archaeology, the sciences and the arts, but my work nonetheless is more interested in our emotional and embodied response to landscape, and how we might navigate our way within that, rather than pure intellectual enquiry. Landscapes are, in the end, cultural constructs overlaid with what we expect to see, what we are conditioned to see; I seek to go beyond these coded 'apparent surfaces' using the tension between abstraction and representation that the photographic lends itself to so generously.
"My work is an ongoing celebration of the endless potential of the photographic to communicate visually; its suggested connection to the real has always fascinated me. Growing up on a farm has given me a deep-rooted relationship to Earth and to fundamental questions of dwelling and co-existence. I am interested in how we interact emotionally and physically with our surroundings. Whilst people are not present in my work, nonetheless it is the juxtaposition of the trace of our presence in dialogue with what might be considered primal space that fascinates me. I seek to explore the ways in which we might experience landscape as a space for sensuous encountering from within."
Exposure, achievements, recognition:
2019 LoosenArt Gallery international group exhibition Environment Documenta 24 April - 1 May, Rome
2019 Winner Metro Imaging/Satori mentorship award [2019-2020]
2018 long listed for the Jerwood/Photoworks Award
2018 participated in Viewpoints at The Photographers' Gallery, giving a talk on one image from the Tish Murtha show
2018 Somewhere among us a stone is taking notes published in Source graduate photography
2018 self published hand made book, limited edition of 5, Somewhere among us a stone is taking notes
2018 work from my series Somewhere among us a stone is taking notes was part of From the Flow of Appearances, Photography MA show at Grand Parade Gallery, Brighton
2015 work from my series Endings was part of the Miraculous Urgency show at the Now and Again Gallery, Brighton
2014 work featured in Night Owls a short film by Roy Petersen about an experiential night-time stroll with a group of photographers and models, led by Julia Horbasck