Josephine ‘Betty’ Pollard

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Josie Pollard is a photographer with her eye on the shapes of daily life. She often captures suburban structures to stunning effect, often including the people that move though them. This connection between person and place is often played on by overlaying them, to beautiful effect. Geometry and texture at play in her work, punctuated by found points of interest, give a really strong, considered sense of composition to her work. We love her for her commitment to manual techniques in her, both in capturing and creating images. She is about to go on a long period of travelling with her camera, and so we’ll be waiting with excitement at our screens for her latest offerings.

How would you describe what you do?
I love to experiment with a camera documenting the urban and rural environments of England. For me photography is a critical piece of technology for people as it documents, educates and inspires others about the world.

What do you feel is the most important thing about your work?
I love to take pictures of ordinary buildings and people and make them special. I will take pictures of places that you may walk past everyday and not realise how beautiful it can be.

What keeps you motivated to create, and keep creating work?
Taking random bus and train journeys around the county mean that I come across quirky and interesting places, there is so much to see and photograph the possibilities are endless. I also watch loads of documentaries which has loads of photography in it itself. Independent films and short films inspire me to continue to create because you come across beautiful creations but also ones that really push the boundaries.

Where do you see your work heading in the next 12 months?
I see myself all over the world in the next 12 months so I will be documenting my travels and creating an awesome portfolio.

Who, what, where or how do you get your first inspirations?
Watching a lot of nature documentaries really inspire me to do a lot of photography, nature is so beautiful and artists and photographers have so much to learn from it. Being outside, anywhere inspires me a lot too because you come up with the best photographs when they are most unexpected.

What has been your biggest success, or source of pride?
Just flicking through my portfolio to me is my biggest pride because my photography is a way of me expressing myself creatively which I wasn’t able to do before I got into photography.

What do you think are the important issues facing yourself, and your industry at the moment?
Photography is a huge tool that we have to be able to connect to people. Film photography is so important to my work because it gives character the picture and to be able to hold the picture instead of looking at a screen 100x better. WE SHOULD PRINT OUR PHOTOS MORE! I do not do enough of this.

Have any relationships, friendships, businesses or otherwise, been significant in shaping your work as it is now?
The relationship my whole family has is really close, there are millions of photo albums of family pictures and this really started my love for photography. The fact that you are able to capture that memory, place, person in time for eternity still amazes me every day.

What is your favourite word?
Bonobo- it’s the name of a breed of monkey, it has such a nice ring to it and I love to write it.

What would you do with the perfect Sunday afternoon?
It would of course be a really hot summer’s day. I would get a group of my closest friends and we would go chill on the downs or somewhere like that. We would have a huge picnic, drink ciders and listen to music. Perfect.

Josephine Pollard

Josephine Pollard

Josephine Pollard

Josephine Pollard

Josephine Pollard

Josephine Pollard

Josephine Pollard

Josephine Pollard

Josephine Pollard

Josephine Pollard