Cornwall Photographer Lucie Averill’s passion for photography began with the gift of a Kodak film camera for her ninth birthday. Now her days of shooting film are behind her, and it was the advent of digital photography that led to the immense popularity of her work on today’s social media. “The immediacy of seeing digital photos on screen and the ease of printing really appealed to me,” says Lucie. “Living in Cornwall, we are surrounded by beautiful beaches and landscape. Photography enables me to capture the sense of space, solitude and fleeting light that occur early in the morning or after sunset. I will often revisit familiar places at different times of the year because I am intrigued by the way a place can be transformed by variations in weather and light. Clouds and reflections are also a recurring theme in my work; the way wet sand acts as a giant mirror and emphasises the sense of space can take your breath away. Equally a receding tide uncovers wonderful sculpted sand patterns, and there is something satisfying about capturing these before somebody leaves their prints. I have learnt a huge amount of technical detail from my photographer brother, Andrew Moxom, and from avid reading of photography magazines. Much of my learning to ‘see’ a photo has come from walks with my artist husband, Simon.”
Lucie’s image “Sunset Ripples” won second prize in the Alverton Penzance “We Love the Coast 2017” International Photographic Contest.
“I was very much aware of Lucie’s impressive Facebook and Instagram following,” comments Roger Driscoll, Director of the Alverton Gallery and joint host of the contest. “So I was delighted when Lucie decided to enter our competition. Sunset Ripples impressed the judges for its composition, depth of field, use of colour and stunning reflections.”
In many respects Sunset Ripples is typical of Lucie’s work. “As my photography has evolved I try to create the image ‘in camera’ as much as possible,” she says “And I now use a full frame DSLR. I also use graduated Neutral Density Filters to balance a bright sky, and I love my 6 stop ND filter which allows me to create longer exposures for smooth seas and moving clouds. Often I stay out long after the sun has set so that I can make long exposures without the need for filters. I nearly always use a tripod – I like the way it slows me down when composing a photograph and it is vital for sharp, long exposure images.”
A framed and mounted print of Sunset Ripples will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during March 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning competition entries.
Lucie’s work can be seen on her website www.lucieaverillphotography.co.uk, her Flickr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/lucie-averill, her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lucieaverillphotography/ and on Instagram @Lucie_Averill.