BIO - Marion Sidebottom

Marion Sidebottom

Photographer & Artist, MA, ARPS

BIO

I am a photographer and mixed media artist living in Essex. I grew up in the age of exciting documentary programmes such as Life on Earth by David Attenborough and Cosmos by Carl Sagan, which instilled a natural curiosity about our world and the universe we live in. I am fascinated by the cycles of life and the science behind them and am also captivated by the sheer beauty of nature from wide angle landscapes to the tiniest macro in detail. My educational background is an interesting fusion of science and art which influences the way I perceive and interpret the world through my work. I have a degree in Rural Resource Development with Environmental Issues, and a research MA from Writtle College and the University of Essex which was awarded in 2015. My Masters research took me on an incredible virtual journey around the world and through history to the current day via tree photography and helped inform my own photographic practice. In 2017 I was awarded Arts Council England Funding to be the Artist in Residence at City of London's Epping Forest for a year for my project called "You Can't See the Trees for the Woods". 

In 2018 I was awarded my Associate Distinction of the Royal Photographic Society (ARPS).


EDUCATION

MA by Research in Art & Design - University of Essex

BSc (Hons) Rural Resource Development (specialism in Science & Politics of Environmental Issues) - Writtle University College

NCFE Level 1 & 2 Certificates in Photography

Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design with Distinction


AWARDS

2018 Associate Distinction of the Royal Photographic Society

Arts Council England Funding for year long project at City of London's Epping Forest called "You Can't See the Trees for the Woods" 2017/2018

2016 Licentiate Distinction of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS)

IGPOTY 10 (International Garden Photographer of the Year) Commended in Monochrome Photo Project for 'Kew Greenhouse Puddle' an abstract image taken in the tropical greenhouse at Kew Gardens in London.

IGPOTY 9 (International Garden Photographer of the Year), Greening the City category, Finalist &   Highly Commended

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Photography Competition 2014 Winner of 'Terrific Trees' Category & publicly voted overall winner of competition


EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

For forthcoming & past exhibitions and events please see EVENTS PAGE


LINKS TO PRESS & ONLINE ARTICLES

I undertake commission work for various organisations, see the LOCATION photography page for a sample of galleries. I have many images of the Maldon District and Dengie used on the Visit Maldon District website and the tourism office's in-house publications such as the District Guide, calendar and articles in various magazines including the Maldon Life Magazine.

My work has been featured in both National and local newspapers and magazines see below


2018

Epping Forest Focus Spring Edition, pages 12 & 13

Epping Forest Guardian 7 March 2018

Royal Photographic Society Journal, March 2018/Volume 158/Number 3/Pages 228-230, Members Feature

Forest Leaves Spring 2018 - Newsletter of Epping Forest Conservation Volunteers, Front Cover and Page 3


2017

WRENS Conservation Group Autumn/Winter Magazine

Arb Magazine Issue 179 Winter 2017 - Images in '20 Years in Epping Forest' article - J Dagley

BBC London News TV Interview

The Times 2nd November 2017 Pg 19 1/3 page

East London & West Essex Guardian

Guardian Country Diary (23rd Oct edition - image to accompany J Dagley's writing online version)

Ancient Tree Forum Online Newsletter (ATF Conference group image)

Arb Magazine (3 page feature about Epping Forest Artist Residency)

East London & West Essex Guardian

Chingford Times

Richmond & Twickenham Times


2016

Royal Photographic Society Creative Eye Magazine Pgs 6-7 (Sep edition)

East Anglian Daily Times Interview Weekend Magazine (2 page spread)

Express Gallery of IGPOTY 10 - Monochrome Photo Projects

Guardian Cities Article (re IGPOTY 9)

Writtle University College Press Release

Blackmore Vale Magazine

Pro Arb Magazine


2015

Forest Matters Magazine (feature)

Forest Matters Magazine (front cover)

Writtle University College Press Release 

Forest Stewardship Council Photography Competition Results 2014


BOOK

The Lonely Oaks - a self-published book documenting my photographic journey to the Mundon Oaks in Essex