Katie Dinnage is a young emerging photographer. Born and raised in Brighton, she moved to Bristol straight after college to study her BA (Hons) Photography degree at UWE. She found a sense of belonging in this cultural and diverse city; an environment that would help nurture her creativity, and give her the energy and support to seek answers to questions that occupy her mind. It seemed natural to step into the new and exciting Masters course at UWE after graduation.

Katie explores issues of the generations: specifically sexuality and mental health. Aiming to encourage others to embrace their worth and to reduce the stigma revolving around such issues. Her most recent, and most intimate work, attempts to illustrate her own experiences with recovery, using her body and plant matter to detail the complex struggle of growth and healing. 

Artist Statement

Emotions in images are what is central to my work. What does it make you feel or think. Does it take you back to a time long forgotten or does it just make you feel uncomfortable. I am very interested my images to be a catalyst to these thoughts, engaging them with my art. 

I look both outward and inward. Out to the people around me, meeting new characters, building up a picture of their lives. Also in to me: to discover and accept my past, present and future. 

Some of my subject matter is about people's daily routines and a comment on human nature. The little quirky habits of people that get smothered with the daily traffic. Or questioning why we do certain things. Why do you have to do that but not me. Why can they do that but not us. 

Recently, I have been looking inward, making myself the subject of my investigation. Attempting to interpret my complex emotions and attitudes through my images; exploring identity and sexuality and mental health. I deal with questions such as: what makes me me? What brought me to where I am now? Am I alone in feeling this?

I am not limited on how to produce my work. It may be photographic, or illustration. Film or painting. Digital or screen print. Online or book. The mediums demonstrate what I'm attempting to represent.

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