About Ann Petruckevitch
I am an amateur photographer living in the seaside town of Brighton, in the UK. My photographic interests are varied; I like to explore image interpretation by using a variety of techniques such as analogue alternative photographic processes as well as using digital media. This stems from challenging oneself technically to create unedited images that attempt to capture the depth, shape and visual impact of the proposed subject matter by presenting it on media that enables an organic type of exploration. It is very much an evolving process, encouraging me to closely examine the living and abstract world and then form images that explore the spontaneous nature that subtly exists all around us.
Presently, my work is very much explorative of the relationships that exist pictorially between plant life and the different base materials used to display them, such as photographic paper, cloth, stone and digital media.
When I’m working with analogue processes I create unique one of a kind lumen prints which do not require the use of a darkroom; I also work with photographic emulsions to create unique images on a variety of watercolour paper and stone such as Slate, Marble and Portland. When using light sensitive liquid emulsion to print images it allows much greater diversity enabling the exploration of a number of surface media like paper, cloth and stone.
I work by using a variety of plant cuttings on different types of black and white, and colour, photographic paper secured by a plain glass plate. Each paper type has its own features and sensitivity to light. The interaction between the sun, surrounding temperature, the plant’s moisture structure, and chemistry, among other factors, and the duration of exposure contribute to create a variety of shapes, colours and floral forms. It surprises many that black and white photographic paper can produce such an array of unspecified colours. They are naturally developed with the sun and chemically fixed to ensure the distinct colours obtained are archival maintained.
When using a digital camera I try to explore the deeper effect of what is created by the image going beyond just taking a photograph. I attempt to explore the fine lines of wear and tear, the internal movement of colour across a plant, how the shadows conceal or accentuate the shapes and forms, examining plant life in a more abstract emotional manner.
At the moment, I tend to work on reasonably small scale pieces that explore either the solo image left by one plant or a collection of many plants to form a colourful photographic collage of emotional interpretation, using the language of flowers ‘floriography’ to convey the beauty or solitude of the subject matter.
The whole process is dependent on many unquantifiable factors and I am greatly influenced by the unknowingness of what I do.
My aims are simply to explore and define the natural photographic potential of plant life beyond what we usually see in our everyday lives by viewing the landscape around us and trying to represent their contrary seasonality by the diverse colours that emerge and the emotional impact produced by their unusual settings.
September 2009 – June 2010 Diploma in photography, Brighton city college (part-time)
Grade obtained Merit
September 2010 – June 2011 Diploma in art and design (photography), The Arts University, Bournemouth (full-time)
Grade obtained Distinction
February 2014 Urmson-Burnett Gallery, Salisbury
March 2014 Silverprint Gallery
May 2014 Photography Festival, Bristol Town Hall
September 2014 Analogue Festival, Bargehouse Gallery, OXO Tower
May 2015 Poet’s Corner Garden Studio, Artist Open House, Brighton Festival
July 2015 Coachwerks Community Arts Project
July 2015 Leyden Gallery, Emerging artists platform
October 2015 Shutter Hub Exhibition, Salt and Pegram, Do you like love?
October 2015 Rich Mix Gallery, Photomonth East London Photography Festival
November 2015 Claremont Guest House, Artist Open House
March 2016 Light, Space and Time Online Art Gallery, Abstract Art Exhibition, special recognition
May 2016 Light, Space and Time Online Art Gallery, Botanicals Art Exhibition, special recognition
July 2016 South Downs Heritage Gallery – ‘Up the downs’ group exhibition
October 2016 Rich Mix Gallery, Photomonth East London Photography Festival
April 2017 Candid Arts Trust, the Abstract Show
June 2017 Candid Arts Trust, Salon de refuses
August 2017 Light, Space and Time Online Art Gallery, Open Art Exhibition, special recognition
August 2017 International Photography awards, One shot Harmony – Nature, honourable mention
September 2017 Menier Gallery, the Artists Pool, Illusions Exhibition
November 2017 Monochrome photography awards, photo- manipulation category, honourable mention
January 2018 Shutter Hub, Shutter Hub blog, Borders
September 2018 International Garden Photographer of the year project – ‘Still Life’, shortlisted
October 2018 Shutter Hub, St Bride Foundation, Out of the Ordinary
October 2018 Espacio Gallery, Photomonth East London Photography Festival, the Artists Pool, F-Stop
October 2018 the Printspace Gallery, Photomonth East London Photography Festival, Women in the 21st Century
November 2018 Monochrome photography awards, abstract category, honourable mention
April 2019 13th Julia Margaret Cameron awards, alternative processes single image category, winner
April 2019 13th Julia Margaret Cameron awards, cell phone single image category, honourable mention
June 2019 13th Pollux awards, still life single image category, winner
June 2019 13th Pollux awards, abstract single image category, honourable mention
June 2019 13th Pollux awards, digital manipulation and collage single image category, honourable mention
June 2019 13th Pollux awards, documentary and reportage series category, honourable mention
July 2019 Shutter Hub, Festival Pils’Ours, Time to Think
Professional roles: Photographer
Location: United Kingdom