Lucy Saggers, Photographer

Lucy Saggers is a documentary photographer whose work centres on the daily goings on of village
life in deeply rural North Yorkshire, where she is based. Read more…

Read more

Yorkshire Photography by Lucy Saggers

Lucy Saggers is a documentary photographer whose work centres on the daily goings on of village
life in deeply rural North Yorkshire, where she is based.

Lucy has lived in Ampleforth since 2004 and worked as a photographer since 2013. Having
maintained an interest in documentary photography since childhood, influenced particularly by the
work of James Ravilious, she learnt darkroom photography while studying for her psychology
degree and animal behavior masters at Newcastle and Edinburgh. For the following ten years she
worked in wildlife conservation and rural development in the UK and Africa, until settling in
Yorkshire with her family.

Arriving in Ampleforth, Lucy was struck by the beauty she saw in everyday life: feeling increasingly
rooted by a sense of permanence derived from the deep layers of connection among the
community, and the intimacy between the landscape and its people. Having gained a diploma in
photography (2013), Lucy began documenting both the landscape and the daily happenings in and
around the village. This marked the beginning of her long-term project, ‘Of Life and Land’.

Lucy’s unhurried, considered style is key to allowing residents to become accustomed to being
photographed going about their ordinary lives. Lucy’s work is raw, honest, authentic and wholly
reliant on the mutual trust and understanding developed with her subjects.

Lucy works in black and white to focus on what she considers the essential components of
composition, texture and light; feeling this way she can get closer to the timeless essence of a
scene. Using prime lenses, and available light she produces her photographs as limited edition,
archive prints on fine art paper.

“A modern visual poet”
Joe Cornish, 2018

“These wonderful photographs are poems and short stories; they are miniatures and epics; they are
tiny movements at the edge of the folding map and huge gestures at the vortex of the turning world” Ian McMillan, 2017

Recent highlights:

Shortlisted: Royal Photographic Society International Photography Exhibition 2018
Highly Commended: Bowes Museum’s “Only in the North” 2017
Finalist: Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Award 2015 & 2016
Second Round: National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2015.