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Myriam Cawston

London College Of Communication (MAPJD / 2011)

Interview

What is your favourite film of all time?

Probably "Everything is illuminated", since I have lived in Ukraine for 2 years. Many of the scenes made me smile...

What music are you currently listening to and why?

I studied the Piano at the Royal Norther College of Music for my undergraduate degree, and I enjoy Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov and Ravel. I also listen to a lot of Eastern European folk Music.

Which living artists do you most admire and why?

I have been inspired by the Indonesian Photographer Rarindra Prakarsa... I like his use of natural light and his ability to produce landscape photography that is appealing to the general public.

 

Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?

I have always been a fan of Kandisky, mainly for his use of bright colours: they make his works stand out in a gallery from accross the room.

Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

Last year, the Taryn Simon exhibition at the Tate caught my attention because of her ability to tell a story of global relevance by juxtaposing many stories of local relevance.... with each one of those being told through photographs of multiple inviduals.

What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?

Are your pictures post-processed much in photoshop?

 

Yes, I do post-process my pictures in photoshop. In the past, photographers would spend hours in the darkroom working on their negatives to highlight certain areas and bring out details. I believe that post-processing is an important part of digital photography.

What / who inspired you to be an artist?

I have travelled a lot over the years, and always used to buy art magazines to read on the plane or train. And over the years, I started to think that "I could do that!"

Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?

I take pictures in and around the places I live. I believe that to take the best photographs, you can't rely on chance: being there over a substancial period of time is important.

I spent a total of 11 months living on the island of Mageroya, and have taken many of my pictures there.

What do you like most about being an artist?

I enjoy making things people want to keep and have in their homes... and bringing colour into a room!

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

In 2009, I was awarded the Prix François Chalais du Jeune Reporter in the photography category - a national distinction in France.

What are your plans for the coming year?

I am working on a book project with a poet, who is writing texts to go with my Arctic Landscapes.
 I am also planning on launching a stationery line, with greeting cards featuring my images.

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Artist's statement

Myriam was born of British parents in 1981, in France. She studied the Piano throughout her childhood at the ENM in Le Mans, and went on to complete a BMus (Hons) at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2003.

After teaching in various French Music Conservatoires for a few years, she left for Ukraine, where she worked for a local NGO. It was there that she developped an interest in photography, and in 2009 she was award the Prix François Chalais du Jeune Reporter for a series on the transition economy in Ukraine.

After working as a photojournalist in Guadeloupe, Myriam spent some time on the Arctic island of Mageroya, building a portfolio of landscapes and supporting herself by working as a tour guide. She completed an MA in Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, and is currently focusing on establishing her career as a landscape photographer.

Her work is soon to be published in Landscape Photography Magazine.

Exhibitions

Neither Snake Nor Lizard, December 2011, LCC

Achievements & Awards

François Chalais du Jeune Reporter