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Jocelyn Horsfall ARPS is an award-winning photographic artist specialising in impressionistic images inspired by flowers and foliage and the natural world. She has a passion for colour and an interest in textural effects and abstraction, and is based in South West London.
In 2012 I paused by my local river and everything changed. I’ve moved away from what many expect photographs to be: my images deconstruct the literal and reimagine the subjective, reflecting the curiosity that water has inspired in my practice. Water has been my conduit: it has sharpened my vision, given me permission to experiment and continues to introduce me to new ways of seeing.
Once you look down a macro lens, the world (and often your back) is never quite the same again. In my experience it’s a good option to explore if you want to move away from representational photography; so many possibilities open up. Jocelyn Horsfall grew up surrounded by photographers but like many of us was encouraged to pursue academic subjects. Ultimately her inherent love of nature and colour has closed the circle. Increasingly drawn towards minimalism and abstraction, she is now employing a variety of techniques in camera, during processing, and at print stage to distil the essence of her subjects.
Would you like to start by telling readers a little about yourself – where you grew up, what your early interests were, and what you went on to study and do?
I had an itinerant childhood as my father was in the army and we moved every 2-3 years. Apart from a wonderful stint out in Singapore when I was very young, experiencing a completely different culture, it was mainly around the UK. I think you become more adaptable and resilient dealing with that sense of impermanence, and a changing backdrop to life. I remember enjoying the exploring of new places, particularly around the Cotswolds and the beautiful scenery of the West coast of Scotland, but not all the new schools I had to face!