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Interview with Michéla Griffith

Latest Exhibition - Moments of Confluence: A River’s Song

Tim Parkin

Tim Parkin

Amateur Photographer who plays with big cameras and film when in between digital photographs.

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Michéla Griffith

My images combine an early love of drawing and painting with a long-standing passion for photographing the landscape. An important part of my portfolio continues to be about the interaction between water and light in, but I’m also experimenting with movement on land and even my own progress on foot through the landscape. Facebook Flickr


Michéla is a contributor to On Landscape (click to see her other articles), interviewing many featured photographers for the publication and she has just launched an exhibition at the Joe Cornish Gallery in Northallerton. Tim caught up with Michéla to talk to her about the exhibition and the project behind it.

TP: You have an exhibition starting today (6th June) and this is the preview. Tell us a little bit about the exhibition itself

MG: It’s called ‘Moments of Confluence - a River's Song. It’s featuring a body of work that I’ve been developing over the past three years, all of which are within walking distance of my home on the border of Derbyshire and Staffordshire in the Peak District.

TP: We’ve featured some of the images before in the magazine?

MG: Yes that’s right and in some respects the story has been shared in On Landscape from very start of the idea to reviewing things after a year. So the images that are on display are some of the ones I’ve spoken about before. It’s nice to have the opportunity to show it as a body of work

TP: Moments of Confluence is the title - how did that come about? Titles are difficult aren’t they?

MG: They are tricky and it proved a little bit harder than I thought. I thought it would be a little bit easier looking back at some of the things I’d written. One or two of the things I’d come up with initially seemed a little bit contrived and I drew a bit of a blank! Suddenly ‘Moments of Confluence’ popped up and I still don’t know where it came from. You worry a bit sometimes that you’ve seen the idea somewhere before and someone else has perhaps used it but I couldn’t find anything.

It seemed to suit the project not just in literal terms - I was dealing with an area where a couple of streams were meeting with the River Dove - but in terms of our relationship as photographers with the land, the light and with our cameras. Then, also, in terms of how showing art brings us together as people, it’s an opportunity for dialogue, so it fits the exhibition as well.

  • kevinmarston

    Some really beautiful and evocative images here Michela, and what looks to be a fascinating exhibition. Your vivid interpretations of the River Dove through the changing seasons show great dedication, style and mystery. I’m really looking forward to seeing these in their printed form. Well done!

    • Thank you very much Kevin – my camera has taken me on quite a journey over the last 3 years and while I’m enjoying experimenting with a number of new ‘threads’ the Dove continues to enchant me.

  • Stuart Westmore

    It was a real pleasure to see these images at the exhibition, Michela. Congrats on a great show.

    • Thank you Stuart. It’s good to hear that you enjoyed the exhibition.

  • Susan Brown

    I am really sorry this exhibition is so far from where I live. I would love to have seen it. I hope it is a great success.

    • Thank you Susan. I know the feeling – perhaps one day our camera will offer us a teleport option!

  • valda bailey

    The images look wonderful – would have loved to have been able to see the exhibition but the distance made it impossible. Fascinating to read about your thoughts behind the images. Really beautiful work.

    • Thank you Valda – teleports would help us all greatly! The whole process of developing a themed body of work has been immensely educational and I’ve been fortunate to have the chance to show it at the gallery.

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