Nanny Brown's Scrapbook
Tearing herself away from the industrial beauty of Redcar, North Yorkshire and her Dickensian schooling at Casterton, Cumbria, (the same Lowood School where the Bronte sisters went and where Charlotte Bronte placed her heroine Jane Eyre) Jackie Norman worked in London at the BBC, Amnesty International, taught in the East End off Brick Lane, acquired a B.Ed at the University of London and a BA (Hons) Photography and Multimedia at the University of Westminster, but not necessarily in that order. Her son works on computer architecture for a national newspaper and her daughter is an up and coming product designer. Jackie is married (still), with one Jack Russell.
Iain Bailey cut his photography teeth underneath an African sun where he was born. He arrived in London in 1989. More at home with picturing nature - and the tour de France (!) - he says of Picnic's illustrated book Emigré London: 'To begin with, I did not tell my mates I was photographing frocks. Now, however, I am so pleased with the result, I am telling everyone!' In addition to his photography career, the talented entrepreneur and web guru is an internet consultant with his own agency based in Kent.
Girl on Top
David Brook is a commercial and editorial photographer based in London. With a background in film-making, David enjoys shooting portraits and reportage, and travels extensively.
He has produced several personal projects which have resulted in exhibitions of his of work. In 1992, he helped to set up and raise funds for a small charity, NomadX, to assist with the crisis of 35,000 refugees seeking shelter in Croatia and Slovenia during the Bosnian war. An exhibition followed in Edinburgh with proceeds going to Mostar.
David's most recent exhibition at the Salon gallery in Notting Hill, London in 2006, presented a landscape series that looked at the physical effects that we as humans have on our surroundings. It focused specifically on ski resorts and their eerie emptiness during the summer months. His forthcoming joint exhibition, AIR-PORT, begins on April 16th 2008 at the Empire gallery in Vyner street, Hackney. The work concentrates on air travel, juxtaposed with Paddy Sutton's large landscapes of an estuary that once served as a major port in Suffolk. It explore man's appropriation of the natural environment and in turn, Nature's inevitable recovery of what is only on loan to us.
David's work has appeared in many international magazines from Time and GQ to Wallpaper* and Harpers Bazaar. David regards art projects such as 'Girl on Top' as an opportunity to explore the creative passion that has been with him since he first picked up a camera at the age of 10. Uniting images with the written word has always been an ambition and he looks forward to the challenge of interpreting the poems of Alexander Carysfort.