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Valda Bailey

Valda Bailey is a freelance photographer living in Sussex who first became passionate about photography when she was 14. She grew up in Jersey and retains an affinity for coastal views and seascapes. Her approach to photography is greatly informed by her background in painting and her influences come as much from artists as photographers. She is largely motivated by colour and form and the tension and dynamism that these components can bring to an image. Her objectives are to portray an interpretation of a scene rather than a literal representation. She makes her images using camera movement and multiple exposure - two techniques which help to create abstract shapes and blur extraneous detail. She prefers to spend her time out in the landscape shooting, so post processing is kept to a minimum. She has spent time in New York under the expert tutelage of noted street photographer, Jay Maisel and has been greatly influenced by his teaching about light, colour and gesture. She has images in private collections all over the world and has been featured widely in various publications. She participated in the Mall Galleries Year of the Print exhibition organised by Light and Land in 2014 and has several upcoming exhibitions. By popular request she has co-led workshops with Doug Chinnery and has discovered she enjoys helping others to discover another way of observing the landscape.