Emma F Clinton was born in Derbyshire and is a self-taught photographer, designer and poet with an MA in Creative Writing. Having moved around 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 which is often updated to reflect recent work, and in the themed galleries - Derbyshire, Floral & Botanical, Heritage & Culture, Natural World, and Monochrome.
In 2016 Emma exhibited for the first time at the Belper Open Houses event in Derbyshire. The same year, Emma's photograph 'Up to the Light' was selected for The Old Station Gallery Open Exhibition, Derbyshire - later re-launched as The Old Lockup Studio in Cromford. She has been selling her work at various art and craft markets and events since 2016. 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 from the buy page.
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 particular passion. But you'll sometimes find her in the heart of the city too, trying her hand at a bit of street photography or architectural work. The challenge of marrying subject and composition, and the stimulation of the imaginative and emotional response are key to what keeps her motivated. She is always in search of that special Zen moment, when a close connection with nature is experienced, then distilled into a still image through photographic techniques and interpretation.
In her floral and botanical images - captured in our native hedgerows and woodlands or in the grand gardens of stately homes and heritage properties - Emma sometimes sees a connection with the traditional Japanese haiku poem: natural, often distinctively seasonal, with the emphasis on the impression the subject creates in the moment. This inspires the writing of complementary haiku poems which are overlaid onto the photograph to create 'PhotoHaiku'. The 'chop' or 'seal' on these images and 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 F Clinton is a member of the Royal Photographic Society. Her photograph 'Hosta with Raindrops' (below) was shortlisted for the RPS members' competition on the theme of 'gardens' in 2018.
For more information about traditional haiku poems see the followng links: