My name is Emily Bree Richards, I am from a little town in Cumbria know as Barrow-In-Furness and currently work at the Sixth Form College situated there. I have moved many places in my life, and have gained vision and inspiration from the places and the people that I have met. I have been creating Scans for about 6 years using a variety of scanners and techniques. I currently use a Canoscan Lide 210 for most of my polished work but I enjoy using old scanners to create gritty effects. Lighting is a big part of my work; I focus a lot on the direction and the intensity of light to create desired effects such as overexposure, depth and reflection.
Human presence has a strong influence on my work, I use faces and body parts to give the image an identity, I feel using a face makes the image more personal. The texture and tone of skin is very beautiful and the scanner brings out strong detail in features that are not normally highlighted in everyday light.
I gain a lot of my inspiration from words; I pick a word or a phrase and then develop my ideas using colour, lighting and texture. I tend to use a colour to create a focal point within the image, colours hold emotions and adding that to the faces and body parts of people gives the image a personality of its own.