Short bio: Sian Davey is a photographer with a background in Fine Art and Social Policy. She has run a private Psychotherapy practice for the past 15 years, but has recently ended this work to dedicate her time to her photography practice. Her work is an investigation of the psychological, social and political landscapes of both herself and those around her. Having recently completed her MA in Photography and the Book, she is now currently taking part in the MFA programme at Plymouth University. Sian has been the recipient of numerous awards including two years running the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and the Lens Culture Emerging Photographer Award and recently the Arnold Newman Award for New Directions in Portraiture. Sian has published her first book ‘Looking for Alice’ with Trolley Books.
Why do you photograph on film? There is a strong case of aesthetics for example digital cannot replicate the skin tones as analogue can. But for me importantly analogue is a ‘quiet’ process, a kind of meditation. I’m not constantly referring to what I’ve just shot, so that means that all my senses are entirely engaged with what is happening in the relational field. Obviously the cost of film can feel prohibitive, but I think it also forces me to be disciplined in how and what i photograph.
What is your work about? I photograph life as it appears in every moment. So when I photograph, I find myself drawn to everything, both the conscious and the unconscious material of both my internal world and the worlds of others around me. It is always a dance between them both.