Joan West ARPS is a Designer | Photographer and was born in Kent, after
attending Gravesend School of Art and Medway College of Art in Rochester, Kent,
she worked in a number of design and advertising studios across the country
eventually setting up her own freelance design studio in Abergele in 1984.
In 1994, with a colleague, she opened a professional photo processing lab
in Bangor, north Wales which was one of the first independent labs in the UK
to fully invest in a digital mini lab and large format printing equipment.
Joan is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, she started photography with a
Kodak Brownie 127 moving on to a Kodak Instamatic 126, Zenit 35mm, Yashica Mat medium format,
Canon AE1, Nikon 301 and Nikon 601, Pentax 645, Nikon D70, Nikon D300 and is currently working with a Fuji XT1,
Nikon D800, Cokin filters and a B+W 10 Stop ND filter and occasionally a Hasselblad XPan film camera.
Joan lives on the Isle of Anglesey and works from her studio where she edits
and prints her own work.
My current work is an exploration of colour and form using slow shutter speeds
(Intentional Camera Movement) and multi exposures to create or capture movement.
Released from the constraints of the “rules of photography” each image created with
the ICM technique is unique and impossible to repeat.