As a photographer, Tessa Bunney has a particular interest in different landscapes and the way they are shaped by human activity. Her work draws attention to observing details which we usually let slip by unnoticed and aims to contribute to the ongoing debate about the changing nature of rural life.
Her project Home Work was published by Dewi Lewis in 2010 and was exhibited and published nationally and internationally including the Land exhibition as part of the Noorderlicht Festival 2010.
Previous projects include Hand to Mouth which explores the lives of villagers and nomadic shepherds in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains which was exhibited and published by Impressions Gallery, Bradford in 2007. Tessa has also spent many years photographing hill farmers and small food producers in the North York Moors around where she lives.
In 2010 Tessa undertook a commission for Hereford Photography Festival about the Hereford cow which was exhibited at the Festival. In the same year she was Artist in Residence at Jyväskylä printmaking centre in Central Finland exploring the landscape of the frozen lake, which she published as an artists book in 2012. Järvenjää/Lakeice was also published editorially and exhibited in the UK and in Finland and exhibited at Photofusion, London in January 2014 along with her photo film On the Board about London’s Serpentine Swimming Club.
Tessa recently returned from four years based in Lao PDR working on her project The Corridor of Opportunity which was funded by Arts Council England and undertaking editorial and NGO commissions throughout the SE Asia region. Her series The Women of UCT6 which documents an all female UXO clearance team in Laos was published in the Financial Times Magazine (UK) and on-line.
Her current project FarmerFlorist explores the vibrant local ‘artisan’ cut-flower farms which have recently sprung up in the UK and is a celebration of domestic growers past and present.
Current methods of working: Public Commission, Private Commission, Collaboration, Community work, Education projects