About Francesca Wilkinson
I am a botanical photo-artist born in Kent, ‘The Garden of England’ in 1989. I am now based in London. My photography practice is focussed on botanical subjects. To create my photographs, I employ an improvised technique of ‘camera-less’ photography, using the flatbed scanner as a lens. Using a camera-less technique echoes the methods used for the very first botanical photographs taken in the early part of the 19th-century, such as the cyanotype photogram.The lighting effect of the flatbed scanner means that very little light enhancement post-production is required in my photographs. I have full control over their composition; which I employ in the way I place the plants on the scanner bed. I also digitally cut and 're-attach' certain elements of the plant post-production, if the whole specimen is unable to fit onto the scanner bed during the initial scanning process.My intention in my work is to highlight the details of the botanical world around us, and to hopefully encourage positive action and conservation for the future.
Education:2012-2013 Master of Arts in photography (with Distinction), UCA Rochester2008-2011 BA(Hons) in fashion design, UWE BristolAwards & Recognition:Shortlisted for Creative Photographer of the Year (Siena Awards), 2020Shutter Hub bursary recipient, 2020Silver-gilt medal RHS Art & Photography Show, 2019Selected Exhibitions:(upcoming) 2021, RHS London Art & Photography Show, Lindley Hall, London2019, Now, For The Future (Group Show), Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool2019, RHS London Art & Photography Show, Lindley Hall, London2018 Unseen Realities (Group Show), The Art Academy Newington, London
Professional roles: Photographer