I am a photographer based in London and on the East Coast of the UK where I grew up and to which I return often. I have been fortunate in life in being able to combine my photographic practice with my life as a doctor. I started photography in 2006 with City and Guilds courses and then did a Diploma in Photographic Studies at LCC which led me to an MA Photographic Studies at Westminster University in 2010. At the time I was still working as an NHS GP and also as a GP Mentor in Nepal, teaching clinical skills to Nepali health care workers. I have become particularly interested in the book form and the potential of photography in that form to express concepts or tell subtle stories by sequencing of collections of images. Since my MA year, I have collaborated with other photographers, writers, book designers and book makers in workshops. These collaborations filter into my personal projects. I have made limited editions of digitally printed and hand finished photobooks as well as one-off hand printed and hand bound books often using Japanese paper and Japanese binding methods.
My first published book ‘Here is all I want to be’ was launched alongside a solo show of my work in the Aldeburgh Gallery and is an elegiac collection of Suffolk landscapes interwoven with a poetic text. It was shortlisted for the Encontras da Imagem ‘First Photobook Award’ and exhibited in Braga, Portugal at the photo-festival in 2017. It was also well reviewed at the Unseen Photo festival in Amsterdam in 2017 and a copy is included in the Martin Parr Photobook collection which is now held in the Tate Modern archive.
My second book ‘A Restless Land’ which was published in 2021 was made during the pandemic on the coast of Suffolk. The images within it express the undertones of lockdown as they depict the landscapes of the East Coast. It encapsulates the unease and the restlessness of the time. Together they tell a story of a time and a place.
Previously in 2012, I made ‘Fin del Mundo’, a book which was about fragility of the environment and the human condition. The work was made on Deception Island in Antarctica during the time she spent working as Ships Doctor aboard Plancius. It was selected by ‘Archivo’, the Portuguese photographic platform following an Open Call Submission and exhibited on their web gallery.
In 2012 her book ‘Fin del Mundo’ was published which was about fragility of the environment and the human condition. The work was made on Deception Island in Antarctica during the time she spent working as Ships Doctor aboard Plancius. It was selected by ‘Archivo’, the Portuguese photographic platform following an Open Call Submission and exhibited on their web gallery.
2018 Tessa was one of eleven shortlisted artists from Open Call for a commission by Photoworks to produce work for ‘Connect’, The Public Art programme for the 3 Ts redevelopment of The Royal Sussex County Hospital.
2019-20 Selected by Photofusion in London to participate in LCN (London Creative Network) programme.