Artist Biography - Clare Bates
For 24 years Clare worked with & photograph the amazing collections that make up The National Museums Liverpool, working with curators, scholars and collections from every corner of the world, producing images for exhibitions, publications, records and conservation work. The artist has also worked for private museums, stately homes & estates, cathedrals and private coll...ectors and individuals. Having spent the majority of her 26 years as a photographer, producing pure record photography for the purposes of exhibitions, publication & conservation work and been restricted to studios and darkrooms, Clare has now returned to her original love. She now focuses on capturing & creating new and different images of the world around us through the medium of landscape photography.
Clare works in a very quiet and solitary way; just the artist and a camera. The landscape fine art photography Clare produces are the way that she try to ‘live out loud’; but without making too much noise about it. Photography is Clare's antidote to the ‘noise’ of the world. With a passion to ‘see’ and to create with a camera, Clare creates images that capture the light, the textures, the colours, the shapes and feelings, and even the sensations of the landscapes, seascapes and architecture that surround us.
Clare Bates - “I am at my absolutely my happiest when I am out in the fresh air, with a camera in my hands, experiencing the elements (almost always with my dog at my side) where the camera becomes a sketch book. It’s almost therapy, it relaxes and calms me. I am a very solitary photographer and use the space that the solitude affords me to try and “see” properly, to experience what is going on around me and to capture that fleeting image. It has always been art in one form or another for me, for as long as I can remember I have always been content when producing an image of some description, whether it be with pencils, paint, or a camera. I use the shapes, the colours, the space and the light that naturally occur in nature to create the picture.”