Featuring residents, both old and young, going about their everyday lives and work, the photographs are raw, honest and exceptionally beautiful.
In his foreword to the accompanying exhibition book, Ian McMillan says:
“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. Once seen, they cannot be unseen. They hang around in the viewers mind, returning in the moments before sleep or on train journeys through the afternoon.
Lucy Saggers’ images have the timelessness of cave paintings but, somehow, the modernity of Instagram. Here is a man following a flock of geese; here is someone standing by an empty bier. Here is a woman baking, and we know that the recipe is not in a book but in her head in the voice of her grandma. Here they are: they are us. We share their humanity and they amplify ours.
Lucy has captured a place that moves to ancient and unspoken rhythms of sunrise and sunset, of birth and death and the unending dance of the seasons.”
Ian McMillan (2017)
Lucy has previously been shortlisted for several awards and in 2015 made the second round of the prestigious National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Award.
The exhibition is curated by Andrew Dalton and printed by Joe Cornish on paper provided by Fotospeed. The accompanying exhibition book is funded by Ryedale District Council.