Fal Anchor

I have just sent off my info to the Falmouth Anchor, the student newspaper for Falmouth and Exeter Universities.
Having already contacted the editor, Annissa, about my work, she kindly said she thought it was great and was happy to include me in the next possible Introducing article.
This is a revived element of the online newspaper that aims to spotlight “outstanding artistic talent”.
My peer, Dayana Marconi was featured in May, and as it is a bi-monthly promotion, I’m hoping my timing is right to help encourage people to visit my July 26-30 show at The Fish Factory in Penryn (possibly too late for my end of June show).
I provided the following details as requested along with four of my newest Harena Now images.
Based in Cornwall, Josie Purcell’s photographic practice predominantly looks at the human impact on the natural world through the use of alternative and camera-less photographic processes.
She has worked in a variety of photographic roles from commercial to medical, and set up her own participatory photography project, ShutterPod, in Cornwall in 2014.
Her desire to develop her own photographic practice more led her to enrolling on the MA in Photography at Falmouth University. Through this she has evolved her ongoing project, Harena Now.
Harena Now aims to highlight a lesser known environmental and humanitarian issue; the global sand crisis.
Some experts predict that due to the booming demand for sand in industries such as construction, sand may run out. That seems impossible for such a ubiquitous material.
It also seems unimaginable that this has also led to a growth in sand mafias, and that people have lost their homes, livelihoods and even their lives.
To create her non-documentary images, Josie works at a coastal location, using sand, sunlight and sometimes seawater.
It is also important to Josie that she works in a way that minimises her own photographic footprint and she has opted to use camera-less processes that need minimal or no chemical solutions.
By creating a juxtaposition between the aesthetic and the message behind the work, Josie also aims to discover more about how people respond to photography when used to promote environmental and/or humanitarian issues.
Her images meld various sources of inspiration from the passage of time to geology, the microscopic to the vast, anthropocentric to ecocentric ideologies, and the past to the present.

“Harena Now” exhibition at Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Cornwall.

June 22 – June 29, 2018.

Opening | Private View – Friday, June 22, 6pm – 8pm. Artist talk at 6.30pm.

Open times | Visit http://www.mpecopark.co.uk/ for opening times.

“Harena Now” exhibition at The Fish Factory, Penryn, Cornwall.

July 26 – July 30, 2018.

Opening | Private View – Thursday,  July 26, 6pm – 8pm. Artist talk at 6.30pm.

Open times | Visit http://www.fishfactoryarts.com/ for opening times.

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I hope if the schedule works out this will help attract students (and other readers of the magazine) to my show, which will help me to garner fuller feedback and exposure.


Figures 1 – 4: PURCELL, Josie. 2017/18. Harena Now


The Falmouth Anchor [online]. Available at: http://www.falmouth-anchor.co.uk/category/arts/ [accessed June 3, 2018].