English photographer Hannah Sheffield has a way of seeing the world - a knack for capturing the beauty in the everyday and making all things natural seem rather magical. Some of Hannah’s shots will appear in a story on the English seasons that will make an appearance is issue 1 of Lodestars Anthology, out later this month. We had a chat to Hannah about photography, England and the joys of the lens.
What drew you to photography as an art form?
I just love taking photos and looking at other photographers' work, seeing the world through other people's eyes. It always feels a bit magical and never boring. Also photography is simple and flexible, it can lead you or be led.
Can you remember the first time you picked up a camera - what was it like?
Yes I can! It was great. I took some photos of the sky for a school project about the weather, I think I was about seven.
Is there something you can capture with photography that you can’t with other mediums?
Yes, the stillness of the moment.
How would you define your style?
What inspires your work?
Small things, a spider web glistening in the rain, a slight shift in the light, falling leaves, new leaves, soaring birds. Nature.
Has there been a particular project that you’ve really enjoyed?
I've got an ongoing project that I love and I am currently ten years into it - photographing my (excellent) dog Levi.
What is your dream subject?
Big wave surfing, hands down.
Does England influence your work in any way?
Yes - England is constantly changing, the seasons, the light, the weather. There is always something wondrous to see if you look closely enough. Also I am free to wander with my camera here, it feels safe. I appreciate that.
Where can we see more of your work?