Photofusion Member | Celine Marchbank

In 2011 I was commission to produce a local project of my choice in Herefordshire. I proposed to look at Hereford’s local waterway: The River Wye. The river starts in Wales and snakes across the English & Welsh border through Herefordshire, right through Hereford town, and down along into the Bristol Channel. I travelled the length of it last year, by foot for a lot of it, during many visits over the space of six months. I got to know the river very well, and much of the local community that did or didn’t use it. I discovered it was not as much a hub of activity as I had first imagined, at times it was the complete opposite. I spent many lonely days walking along the riverbank: just me, my
camera and my backpack for company.

© Celine Marchbank

During this long, and at times lonely, journey along The Wye I discovered an amazingly beautiful landscape, but also a very deserted and isolated one at times. I’m interested how emotions can be influenced by your surroundings, so I wanted this series of images to show the feelings I had experienced along my journey down the river, and not just be about the people I met or the views I saw along the way.

Celine Marchbank (English, b.1979) is a documentary art photographer specialising in British based stories, highlighting the small details of everyday life, and looking at the relationship we have with our environments.

She completed an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at The London College of Communication in 2010. Celine work has won or been shortlisted for a variety of awards including:
The European Publishers Award, Deutsche Bank Awards, Magenta Flash Forward Award, Lucie Scholarship, International Photography Award Emergentes DST. Celine’s work has been exhibited internationally at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Hereford Photography Festival, HotShoe Gallery, Firecracker inaugural exhibition, The London Festival of Photography, Proud Gallery, The Affordable Art Fair, Encontros Da Imagem Festival in Portugal and screened at the Arles Photography Festival in France.

Based in London, Celine spends her time working for commercial and editorial clients and pursuing personal projects.

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