Ruth Hanson is a photographer based in the North West of England. Ruth obtained a first class honours degree in Communication in Culture and Media and is currently studying for an MA in Gender and Women’s Studies at Lancaster University. Ruth is an Associate member of the Royal Photographic Society and has been featured in the RPS Photographic Journal. She has shot the cover and been a featured photographer for Photography Monthly magazine and for the international photographic magazine DC Photo. Ruth was the winner of the Times Online Travel Photography competition in 2006. Her work has been exhibited in the UK and Switzerland.
Ruth’s photographic practice is driven by a passion for the power of photography to raise awareness and its potential to change lives. Her work is informed by her own experience of illness and personal suffering, and she uses her own body to convey those experiences. More generally, her work spans visual art, social reportage and travel photography.
Ruth combines found, anonymous photographs to create new image-fictions which interrupt the conviction that photographs might act as fixed memory. She wonders whether imagery can become untethered from nostalgia? Playing with layered photographic images, sometimes presented on tracing paper, sometimes on fabric and combined with stitching or quilting, her combinations present fragmented frames from forgotten lives. Through their memories and traces, presences and absences, she suggests alternative histories, possible futures and uncertain pasts.