Marion Sidebottom

Nature-Based Photographer & Artist, MA, ARPS, RHS Silver Gilt


My fine art photography embraces the concept of ‘Biophilia’ which is the idea that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. As an artist I always notice the small details around me and wish that more people would walk through a woodland and admire the beauty of the natural world within it. From the macro details of a butterfly wing to the shape and textures of a magnificent ancient tree, nature never fails to surprise and inspire me. I think this is something that most children do naturally but the process of growing up and the dealing with the pressures of life can sometimes destroy this natural curiosity for the world around us.

I undertake many personal projects but am occasionally lucky enough to be awarded project funding the most notable being my one-year artist residency in Epping Forest, funded by Arts Council England and working in partnership with the City of London Corporation.

I also work in mediums other than photography including lampwork glass, printmaking, mixed media and occasionally assemblage. The ‘Specimens’ project combined all of these in one project.

I believe a true artist is capable of working in many different mediums, each project is a different way to interpret the world according to the subject matter and intended outcome.