Jane at her Degree Show
“The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” – Ansel Adams
Jane Eve Dixon worked in theatre and television until she was thirty. Jane believes that the years she spent surrounded by the magic of theatre have a strong influence on her work. She recalls a statement by the renowned producer, Ernest Maxin, who told her, “the lighting creates the atmosphere; the atmosphere creates the magic”. She states “It is the same with my photography. I try to capture the spirit of the place, what I feel, not the absolute visual. Light and lighting are a crucial element of my practice. I might wait for hours and can still miss the moment, yet another time everything just falls into place and I get my shot. Many people might pause to gaze in the same place and yet each will see something different.”
Recently graduated with a First Class Hons Degree in Photography, Jane’s installation, ‘Spirit of Ynyslas’ ~ Lost Kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod, will be on exhibition in the GRADUATE SHOW at King Street Gallery, Carmarthen, from September 18th – 30th, 2015, and then as a permanent display at Set House Arts.
Jane’s work is driven by a passionate belief that whatever man or the elements throw at nature, nature’s beauty always remains for those who are willing to see it.
Whilst embracing the technology of the digital world, Jane’s favourite camera is her Hasselblad 503CW, a present for her 60th birthday. She states, “there is a quality about an image that has been captured on film, and whilst digital files might be superseded by technology, there is a reassuring feel of permanence with a negative”.