Michela Griffith is well known for her images celebrating the beauty and diversity of water in motion and its ever changing interaction with light, land and season. This ‘Liquid Light’ also inspires her to experiment with movement in and through the landscape. By working locally and through experimentation she has developed a clear vision and a distinctive style.
The landscape has always been central to Michela’s life. Working as a Chartered Landscape Architect for 24 years, Michela maintained the interest in photography that began in her teens and this increasingly became a creative outlet for her after moving to the Peak District National Park in 2007. Her image making changed dramatically in 2012 when her local river, the Dove, became her muse. A particular piece, “Ice on Rust” received a commendation in the Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition in 2013. The associated portfolio of abstract images led to membership of professional artists’ group Peak District Artisans in late 2013. In turn this brought her work to the attention of the organisers of Lichfield Festival, who invited her to exhibit in Lichfield Cathedral in 2014 as part of their Visual Arts Exhibition.
Her highly individual interpretations of water led to a first solo exhibition “Moments of Confluence: A River’s Song” at The Joe Cornish Galleries, Northallerton, in 2015 and subsequent solo exhibitions at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (2015) and The Peak Photography Gallery, Bakewell (2016). A joint exhibition at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek in 2016 brought her work to the attention of the Longitude Gallery, Clitheroe, and she has exhibited there to acclaim twice during 2017.
In parallel with these she has shown work with Peak District Artisans for the last 4 years at a variety of venues including Chatsworth House, The Devonshire Dome in Buxton, and Tatton Park in Cheshire. She has taken part in Derbyshire Open Arts and Buxton Art Trail (where she received a nomination for excellence in the Visual Arts in the Buxton Festival Fringe Awards 2017). Her work featured in ‘Over the Hill: A Photographic Journey’ at The Montefiore Hospital, Hove, for Brighton Fringe.
During 2018 her work will be on display at Peak District Artisans' Chatsworth Exhibition 12 January to 9 March; Derbyshire Open Arts 25-28 May at Spring Banks Arts Centre, New Mills, and 2-3 June at Beechenhill Farm, Ilam, nr. Ashbourne; and at The Great Dome Art Fair, The Devonshire Dome, Buxton, 13-15 July 2018.
Michela interviews fellow photographers for features in On Landscape magazine and enjoys writing about creative image making.