Lara says ‘I like to mix the art perspective with a commercial foundation to allow for creativity to formulate and develop. I am at the beginning of my career but I have learnt a great deal from some superb people along the way. I occasionally assist Rob Smalley from Scene Photography which has been a great opportunity to see the real world of a photographer”
After studying Fine Art Photography at Derby University, Lara had the pleasure of being taught by some great inspirational photographic artists, such as John Blakemore, Colin Wilson, John Tunley, John Goto and Sophy Rickett. ‘I would like to also mention my college teacher Terry Bamforth, who encouraged me to study photography from the beginning. I really enjoyed my studies and I thank them very much for their guidance and all their encouragement.’
Lara went to the Czech Republic to continue her studies on the Master programme. Lara highlighted this by saying ‘I was surrounded by people from all walks of life and I was privileged to meet people from various countries such as Italy or Lithuania. “Living in Prague was one of the most eye opening and fascinating times of my life, which lead me to coin the quote: which sums up my time in CZ. I enjoyed every minute of it and began to fall in love with the post-communist decor and the lack of health and safety gone mad.”
Lara also co-worked with her good friend Mark Prethero working for Blank Foto who also moved from the UK to attend the same course. He still currently lives in Prague, however they sometimes find time to meet up and work together on photo shoots within the UK.
Admiration of many artists and photographers have helped Lara with her own creative artistic direction. Rene Magritte is by far her favourite surrealist painter. She also is taken in by Alfred Hitchcock and Czech/Slovak photographers Jano Pavlik and Pavel Banka.
Textual and visual work
‘My own work consists of installation pieces both textual and visual. When stood from a distance the visuals grab the attention of the viewer and the text pieces draw in the audience closer to try to gain some knowledge from the text. I try to create a mass piece of art that demands intrigue as a whole. I have purposely used confusing text pieces and automatic writings to confuse the viewer further, stumping their further findings of information. I have linked this way of working to the inner workings of the mind as it is a lot harder to explain what we see than it is to draw or capture the visuals via photography for example.’
The evolving loop of Creativity
Lara likes to explore the further possibilities of her images. “ I scan my text pieces from my notebooks and edit text with digital text and manipulation to turn my text pieces into images. In some of my text pieces I have destroyed the text itself so that it is no longer readable. I achieved this by re-writing the same text over the existing text. I like how you cannot read some of my thoughts. Being dyslexic I am often inhibited with words and this technique has allowed me to show visually what I was wanting to verbally achieve yet hiding the personal content.”
The obsession with black and white, squares and other geometrical shapes are apparent throughout Lara’s artwork. A common reoccurring factor is graph paper, squares being visually stimulating. Lara finally adds “ I have difficulty reading black text on white background, so in this instance it is quite a paradox.” Find out more on lara’s work through her website: www.laraclarkewardle.co.uk and also
through her blog: laraclarkewardle.tumblr.com