It is so exciting to say that we are featuring one of our past featured photographers. We started this blog/photo group to create a community, and now it really feels that we are doing just that! Vicky Martin's work depicts great design and possesses fascinating concept, but it is also very professional, exhibits high image quality and is very consistent.
Vicky Martin (UK) is an award winning ﬁne art photographer. Studying art and photography in the
1990s it was not until 2008 after being awarded a prestigious bursary that she was able to pursue
photography professionally. Since then Vicky has had her work published and exhibited nationally
and internationally, from Europe to the USA in solo and group shows. Her work continues to garner many awards and nominations including Finalist at the Lensculture Art Photography Awards 2019, Winner of the Professional Beauty and Fashion Category at the Chromatic Awards 2018, Winner of the All About Photo Magazine Colors issue 2018, Winner of the Single Image in the Professional Fine Art Category at the 12th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 2018 and Winner of the Professional Fine Art Series at 2016 Fine Art Photography Awards."
Throughout Vicky's practice she explores her fascination with identity and the emotions that are created by considered scenarios that are based in both fantasy and reality. Her work explores identity through staging and creating realities for characters who often display conﬂicting emotions with situations. Vicky seeks to encourage the viewer to ask questions of her work to which ultimately the answers depend on the viewer’s own personal identity and perceptions."
The series "Selfhood" is in part inspired by the proverb "The eyes are the window to the soul" and
a desire to challenge the need to see the eyes within a portrait. The intention in each portrait is to
create a character and a narrative and encourage an empathy without the visual stimulation of the
The conscious composition of each image gives the character a foundation in reality whilst combining fantastical creative elements to challenge the viewer's preconceptions surrounding the connotations of each individual outﬁt and distinctive concealment of the eyes.
The viewer is inspired to make their own inferences about the subject's persona and circumstance by drawing on personal connections and interpretations to each image, whether these be from memory or culture. Therefore each portrait in the series can take on a number of diﬀerent identities depending on links made by the viewer to their own experiences and opinions.
All Images © Vicky Martin