Emma Clinton was born in Derbyshire and is a fine art photographer, product designer and poet with an MA in Creative Writing. Having travelled a lot, including some time living in the Far East, she has returned to her native county and now lives in a World Heritage Site close to the Derbyshire Peak District.
Emma's images are captured mostly in Derbyshire & Yorkshire, in heritage locations across the country, in rural towns and villages and the Peak District National Park. Still life work is captured in the 18th-Century mill cottage where she lives. View a selection of Emma's work in her portfolio.
In 2016, Emma's photograph 'Up to the Light' was selected for The Old Station Gallery Open Exhibition, Derbyshire. She sells her work in person at artisan fairs and craft markets. What she has learned from her customers has enabled her to expand her range to include, not only traditional prints and cards, but many more gorgeous things that incorporate the best of Emma's fine art photography. You can explore the PhotoHaiku range in the online shop.
Emma will photograph whatever catches her eye, though it's the distinctive qualities of the British Isles, its flora and heritage that is the biggest draw - particularly that of her native county of Derbyshire. The play of light on foliage and flowers is a passion, but you'll sometimes find her in the heart of the city too, trying her hand at street photography or architectural work. The challenge of marrying subject and composition, and the stimulation of a sense of respectful connection to the natural world are what keeps her motivated. Emma is always in search of that Zen moment, when presence and connection with nature is experienced and then distilled into a timeless image.
Emma is interested in Japanese haiku poetry and haiga and sometimes writes haiku poems to accompany her images. See The Haiku Collection. The 'chop' or 'seal' in the PhotoHaiku logo reads 'haiku' in Japanese, and functions as a kind of signature. There is a long tradition in both China and Japan of combining poetry and painting, for example the haiga of Basho.
Emma Clinton is a member of the Royal Photographic Society with whom she has recently completed a course on photographing at heritage locations. Her photograph 'Hosta with Raindrops' (below) was shortlisted for the RPS members' competition on the theme of 'gardens' in 2018.