Damian Hughes is an ecologist and photo-historian. He has exhibited work at the Association of Photographers’ Gallery in London and at the Potteries Museum in Stoke-on-Trent. He also works as a freelance exhibition curator and was assistant curator for Saturday Night Sunday Morning: the ‘authentic moment’ in British photography, a major photographic exhibition at the Djanogly Gallery in Nottingham (17th November 2012 – 10th February 2013). With a first class BA in Photography and MA in Photographic History, Damian is currently researching for a PhD. His work has included photographic studies of rural and industrial landscapes, domestic and abandoned spaces, as well as portraiture. Combining a continuing interest in ecology with the history of photography, he brings an ecological, photographic eye to the exploration of spaces, material objects and human subjects.
Engaging a range of visual media – photography, maps, found drawings, postcards – and texts drawn from an eclectic mix of sources, Damian Hughes explores representations of space and their human connections. Suggesting narrative links of human occupation and the experience of place, the work combines these visual and verbal registers to invoke notions of rootedness and belonging, of rootlessness and becoming, of bounded locality and the places of human environment and history.