Debby Besford

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Shortlisted Finalist of AOP Open Awards 2015

Portrait of Brothers and Skaters - LensCulture Highly Commended

Rolling project ,about my family and remapping childhood memories.

This is Ellen who I have photographed for the past 5 years in her home. She has evolved into a very confident skater - but has suffered from Chronic fatique that has meant she has to take a rest from her sport which she loves. This project stems from my own experiences as a competitive Artistic Roller Skater, when I was a teenager. My objective is to create a platform for these young talented female skater’s who are dedicated to this often forgotten sport. This five year project explores in-depth the athleticism and emotional challenges of each skater and how it has empowered and shaped them into becoming champion figure skaters. These portraits are part of a much larger body of work that involves 7 female skaters in total.

This is Ellen who I have photographed for the past 5 years in her home. She has evolved into a very confident skater - but has suffered from Chronic fatique that has meant she has to take a rest from her sport which she loves. This project stems from my own experiences as a competitive Artistic Roller Skater, when I was a teenager. My objective is to create a platform for these young talented female skater’s who are dedicated to this often forgotten sport. This five year project explores in-depth the athleticism and emotional challenges of each skater and how it has empowered and shaped them into becoming champion figure skaters. These portraits are part of a much larger body of work that involves 7 female skaters in total.

This Is Savannah who I have photographed for the past 5 years in her home and in mid air, titled, 'The Jump'. This project stems from my own experiences as a competitive Artistic Roller Skater, when I was a teenager. My objective is to create a platform for these young talented female skater’s who are dedicated to this often forgotten sport. This five year project explores in-depth the athleticism and emotional challenges of each skater and how it has empowered and shaped them into becoming champion figure skaters. These portraits are part of a much larger body of work that involves 7 female skaters in total.

This Is Savannah who I have photographed for the past 5 years in her home and in mid air, titled, 'The Jump'. This project stems from my own experiences as a competitive Artistic Roller Skater, when I was a teenager. My objective is to create a platform for these young talented female skater’s who are dedicated to this often forgotten sport. This five year project explores in-depth the athleticism and emotional challenges of each skater and how it has empowered and shaped them into becoming champion figure skaters. These portraits are part of a much larger body of work that involves 7 female skaters in total.

This is Amber who I have photographed for the past 5 years in her home and in mid air, titled, 'The Jump'. This project stems from my own experiences as a competitive Artistic Roller Skater, when I was a teenager. My objective is to create a platform for these young talented female skater’s who are dedicated to this often forgotten sport. This five year project explores in-depth the athleticism and emotional challenges of each skater and how it has empowered and shaped them into becoming champion figure skaters. These portraits are part of a much larger body of work that involves 7 female skaters in total.

This is Amber who I have photographed for the past 5 years in her home and in mid air, titled, 'The Jump'. This project stems from my own experiences as a competitive Artistic Roller Skater, when I was a teenager. My objective is to create a platform for these young talented female skater’s who are dedicated to this often forgotten sport. This five year project explores in-depth the athleticism and emotional challenges of each skater and how it has empowered and shaped them into becoming champion figure skaters. These portraits are part of a much larger body of work that involves 7 female skaters in total.

This is Molly who I have photographed for the past 5 years in her home and in mid air, titled, 'The Jump'. This project stems from my own experiences as a competitive Artistic Roller Skater, when I was a teenager. My objective is to create a platform for these young talented female skater’s who are dedicated to this often forgotten sport. This five year project explores in-depth the athleticism and emotional challenges of each skater and how it has empowered and shaped them into becoming champion figure skaters. These portraits are part of a much larger body of work that involves 7 female skaters in total.

This is Molly who I have photographed for the past 5 years. This project stems from my own experiences as a competitive Artistic Roller Skater, when I was a teenager. My objective is to create a platform for these young talented female skater’s who are dedicated to this often forgotten sport. This five year project explores in-depth the athleticism and emotional challenges of each skater and how it has empowered and shaped them into becoming champion figure skaters. These portraits are part of a much larger body of work that involves 7 female skaters in total.

This is Dulcie who I have photographed for the past 5 years in her home and in mid air, titled, 'The Jump'. This project stems from my own experiences as a competitive Artistic Roller Skater, when I was a teenager. My objective is to create a platform for these young talented female skater’s who are dedicated to this often forgotten sport. This five year project explores in-depth the athleticism and emotional challenges of each skater and how it has empowered and shaped them into becoming champion figure skaters. These portraits are part of a much larger body of work that involves 7 female skaters in total.

This is Dulcie who I have photographed for the past 5 years in her home and in mid air, titled, 'The Jump'. This project stems from my own experiences as a competitive Artistic Roller Skater, when I was a teenager. My objective is to create a platform for these young talented female skater’s who are dedicated to this often forgotten sport. This five year project explores in-depth the athleticism and emotional challenges of each skater and how it has empowered and shaped them into becoming champion figure skaters. These portraits are part of a much larger body of work that involves 7 female skaters in total.

This is Megan who I have photographed for the past 5 years in her home and in mid air, titled, 'The Jump'. This project stems from my own experiences as a competitive Artistic Roller Skater, when I was a teenager. My objective is to create a platform for these young talented female skater’s who are dedicated to this often forgotten sport. This five year project explores in-depth the athleticism and emotional challenges of each skater and how it has empowered and shaped them into becoming champion figure skaters. These portraits are part of a much larger body of work that involves 7 female skaters in total.

Molly, Skater, 2019. The jump happens in seconds with the speed of the skater travelling fast across the rink. Concentration, balance, energy, momentum, decision making, timing and great courage and skill is required before leaving the ground beneath them, and gracefully rotate two or more times in the air, before landing.

Eva, Skater, 2019. The jump happens in seconds with the speed of the skater travelling fast across the rink. Concentration, balance, energy, momentum, decision making, timing and great courage and skill is required before leaving the ground beneath them, and gracefully rotate two or more times in the air, before landing.

Savannah, Skater, 2019. The jump happens in seconds with the speed of the skater travelling fast across the rink. Concentration, balance, energy, momentum, decision making, timing and great courage and skill is required before leaving the ground beneath them, and gracefully rotate two or more times in the air, before landing.

Amber, Skater, 2019. The jump happens in seconds with the speed of the skater travelling fast across the rink. Concentration, balance, energy, momentum, decision making, timing and great courage and skill is required before leaving the ground beneath them, and gracefully rotate two or more times in the air, before landing.

Dulcie, Skater. 2019. The jump happens in seconds with the speed of the skater travelling fast across the rink. Concentration, balance, energy, momentum, decision making, timing and great courage and skill is required before leaving the ground beneath them, and gracefully rotate two or more times in the air, before landing.

Megan, Skater. 2019. The jump happens in seconds with the speed of the skater travelling fast across the rink. Concentration, balance, energy, momentum, decision making, timing and great courage and skill is required before leaving the ground beneath them, and gracefully rotate two or more times in the air, before landing. The moment of being in mid air is a feeling of euphoria and excitement. It is liberating, skillful, being brave, and strong.

Debby Besford

Debby Besford is an established professional photographer and university lecturer who lives in Norfolk with her family and works throughout the UK.

Her work showcases a rich and diverse portfolio of images specialising in, Editorial, and Documentary photography. Her images are beautifully composed with each of her subjects feeling at ease in front of the camera. There is a strong sense of trust and sensitivity between the photographer and her sitters.

In 2019, Debby had the honour of being chosen as part of the ‘209 Women’ photography project. The work was exhibited at the Palace of Westminster and the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool. Alongside this Debby’s work was chosen for Photomonth and was represented by Shutterhub in Amsterdam and the Festival Pil’ Ours, St Gille Croix de Vie, France. Awards include, finalist in the AOP Awards and Highly Commended as Best Portrait Photographer with LensCulture.

Clients include, The Arts Council of Great Britain, The Guardian and Independent Newspapers, The Wellcome Trust, Meridian Television, BBC and Channel Four, Getty images, Millennium Images and Plain Picture Library.

Debby has worked in the industry for over twenty years and teaches to undergraduates and postgraduates at universities in the UK. She has a Masters Degree in Photography and is passionate about the medium and researching her ideas, before embarking on her next assignment. 

 

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