Photography NOW | 1st – 12th February

Photography NOW

1st – 12th February 2023

Preview Night: 1st February, 6:00 – 8:30pm

10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday
12 – 6pm Sunday




Stephen Iliffe


There are 90,000+ Deaf people in the UK. British Sign Language (BSL) is the UK’s fourth indigenous language – after English, Welsh and Scots Gaelic.

Both the Deaf community and its language have existed for over 200 years. Despite this, deaf people are still virtually unrepresented in the canon of photography – galleries, journals, books.

Stephen Iliffe’s 10-year Deaf Mosaic project to document the deaf community – its people, language and culture – is changing this.

His portraits reject the ‘medical model’ that categorises deaf people as a pair of broken ears. It affirms the ‘social model’ – that it is not deafness that disables people but hearing society that creates the barriers to inclusion.

Stephen is a BA (Hons) photography graduate of De Montfort University. His work has featured on BBC TV and won three national and international awards.

Deaf Mosaic celebrates diversity and is proud to exhibit in Brick Lane – traditionally one of London’s most multicultural areas.

Deaf Mosaic is financially supported by Arts Council England.


Lucia Heumann

@ lucias_fotos

Lucia Heumann takes photos with an analog and manual camera, she develops her films herself to get the most real and haptic experience possible with the photos. The choice to make most of her photos in black and white, makes her photograph seem to come from another time. Lucia Heumann prefers shots taken outdoors, in the street, among people. An example of this is the photograph entitled “Stairs” in which is portrayed a man who climbs the stairs, perhaps about to go home or perhaps to go to work. This type of photo allows the viewer to create with the imagination stories and characters. “Stairs” is a dynamic photograph, thanks to the blurred effect that Lucia Heumann brilliantly uses. The perceived dynamism can only make us think of the studies of the Futurist Italian artists of the early twentieth century. We remember the photodynamism of Anton Giulio Bragaglia, in which the vibration and the essence of the gesture emerge. The same mode can be found in Lucia Heumann’s photographs entitled “Train” and “Cups”. In particular, the latter depicts cups in flight in which the movement is the protagonist. The camera is used as a means of tracing the complexity and trajectory of the movement. Heumann’s ability is to reproduce what the human eye is missing. She captures in a photograph the suspension of a movement: The train before it disappears, the cups before they fall and shatter on the ground. This invites and allows the viewer to dwell on the moments, on the fleeting life, on what a moment before you can have and a second after there is no more.


Toby Cowell


Whether I am photographing an animal, bird, a landscape or a seascape, my intention is to show the innate beauty of the countryside and the animals who inhabit it. Nature and the natural world are their own inspiration. My task is to draw the many parts of a scene together, often waiting hours to create a whole, and to capture a moment in time. I hope my images allow people to make a connection to nature, develop an empathy with the natural world and a passion they may not have known existed. It is by seeing animals and the natural world in their own environment that we can learn from them and, at the same time, learn ourselves how to conserve and preserve the natural world and the wildlife within it.


 Abigail Chua


Abigail is a project manager in the construction industry in New York City.  As an immigrant, she gives a world view of her passion for visual arts through her photography “the quick shot”.

Abigail’s work is about the modern world and our place in it. Light is the foundation and sets the tone of the conversation she captures in an instant, which forces the viewer to come closer to explore for more detail or to take a step back to understand the full picture. The idea of the “perceived” and the “actual” elicit reactions of fondness that is constant. As an artist, she has the unique opportunity to exemplify, subvert, and redefine these concepts.

“Photography in the now captures moments that have passed before it is seen by someone many miles away by someone we don’t know; instances lost. Photography in the now speak instantly to the world a reminiscence through transitions of time and place. Photography in the now draws the image one creates distant yet intimate.  The audience grasps a colour, a sight that sparks the other senses which illicit a memory before it disappears. Whether it is an electric image captured during a rainstorm reminiscent of a fizzy pop drink or a homage to a famous artist Jean-Michel Basquiat captured through a fleeting silhouette of a boy running to school by the power lines and the gritty graffitied streets of New York City or the aftermath of city life coming out of a pandemic “Photography in the now” remembers what future might be… a storytelling of memories.”


Abdullah Chakmakchi


I am Abdullah Chakmakchi, a photographer based in the South West of England. I started photography over ten years ago and have enjoyed this journey of trial and error as a self-taught photographer. A considerable part of my identity is my passion and purpose, moving me to document life through photography. I hope that my work will outlive me to make an impact and inspire people.


“I love photographing people and the streets as it is the best way to capture the most authentic moments. I always go that extra mile and do things differently to make them attractive to the viewer. I like to get close and personal with the photograph’s subject but also include the background environment to tell more of a story, so the viewer feels like they’re in that moment. Everyone is different and unique, and that is what makes this body of work special. I am only a man with a camera that documents how extraordinary everyday life on the streets is.”


Toby Zeng

Toby Zeng’s photographic series Minimal Body employs intriguing compositions that call into question how individual parts of the body relate to their frame. Alongside manipulations of light and colour, his methodical compositions highlight these overlooked hidden facets of the body, elevating the subtle features of his subject


Liam Hancox


I am a British Photographer from Manchester. When I’m not dedicating my free time and going on adventures to find the most scenic shots, I’m a full-time Mechanical Engineer. My favourite spots are within the Peak District & North Wales, which is where most of my photos have been taken. My work is a combination of lots of time standing in epic locations waiting for something cool to happen and plenty of trial and error. I hope you enjoy viewing my work!


Ingimar Thorhallsson


Nature’s force plays a substantial role in my photography as well as portraying a sense of tranquillity and atmospheric feelings. The ocean surrounding Iceland is a profound inspiration in my approach to photography, along with the connection and saga of the people that have chosen to live on this island. The correlation between dreams, imagination and a sense of “being” is fundamental to my work, using raw landscape as a backdrop.

In the “Speglar” series (Mirrors), the horizon of sea and sky is split evenly across all four photographs, however, the rectangles within those frames present different textures, light and motion mirrored by the effects of weather. As with this mirroring, our reactions to these effects are also continually in flux.

In the photograph “Dreymi” (Dreaming) time and space is perhaps displaced due to an unfamiliar and ambiguous perspective. Spiralling into a void of cascading water, or falling asleep without a horizon to navigate, ever-changing visual aspects begin to overlap.


Dan Harnett


Inspired by my long and close association with the sea, my work ranges from abstract to still-life photography. Drawing on experiences and memories from my time in the merchant navy and my childhood memories growing up on the Kent coast.

My photography is an extension of my life’s voyage, creating works that explore human relationships with the sea, conjuring images, stories and reflections. Having spent years at sea, I am well aware of the harsh environment and the sea and the ocean’s hidden strength.

I’m keenly cognisant of the different ways we experience the sea – a seafarer who lives and works on the water has a different outlook and priorities to a landlubber experiencing it from the shoreline.


Raven Imagery


“I am a self-taught canine portrait artist with a fascination for a dog’s uniqueness.  My subjects’ elegance, grace and personality are all considered when planning a location that will complement and add to the portrait being captured.”


Steve Rabone


MExpos Cities is a developing series of photographs taken in various cities across the UK and Europe. Using the photographic technique of multiple exposures of the same scene, the images are designed to capture the busy and hectic life of our cities. As the shoppers, office workers and tourists all walk through the shot,  the photographer and therefore you as the viewer are immersed in the scene.

The project is developing as more cities are visited and captured, with the use of iconic landmarks to be used where possible to give identity to each shot. There is also scope to produce bespoke images upon request where specific locations are required for individual requests.



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