[/b]My Biography - Julie Routley
My love of photography began at a very young age when I joined my first camera club at primary school aged 9. I remember my first picture being of a very small snowman made from the last of the winter's snow!
I was born in Dartmouth, Devon but now live in Cornwall. As I grew up my passion for photography became an obsession. I read every photography book I could lay my hands on and after a lot of wasted film and frustrations I slowly became to understand the sheer beauty and self-expression that photography could offer.
My work has changed considerably over the years moving from a documentary style into what I hope are pictures that say a little more about me and my personal vision. If I were to describe what sort of photographer I am I would call myself an expressionist. I approach my photography as a painter may approach a canvas, using digital images as my paints and my computer as my canvas. To me the picture has only just begun when I click the shutter.
I embrace new technologies and am fascinated with the creative possibilities that this medium offers, however I still adhere to the principles of quality and precision that film based photography and printing has taught me. Today's technology with yesterday's values.
My inspiration comes from many sources such as music, poetry, great artists from the past but mainly from the sheer mystery and beauty of our natural world.
In 1992 I attended Newport School of Art and Design where I successfully completed an HND in Documentary photography and in 2007 I was awarded 'Associate of The Royal Photographic Society'.
I have worked professionally as a darkroom technician, hand printing cibachromes and black and white photographs, so I really appreciate what a good print should look like. Quality is of paramount importance to me when I sell my work.
I print all my own photographs using an Epson P800 using genuine Epson K3 Ultrachrome inks and Hahnemuhle Baryta 350gsm paper.
The combination of paper and inks gives a wonderful result that will last for many years if cared for properly.
MOSAICS & PAINTINGS
I use stained glass and mirrors in my work and the effect is amazing. The pieces glow with colour, change their look in different light and almost have a 3d quality about them.
If you would like something made to your specifications please contact me.
Mosaic work can be seen and purchased from the following galleries;
National Trust Cotehele
01579 352 724 (Direct line to gallery 11 - 4)
01579 351 346 (Switchboard and messaging 9 - 5)
61 Cornwall Street
Tel: (01752) 227127
1994 - The Watershed Bristol. 'Anima Motrix' A study in black and white on the theme the hidden spirits and faces of nature.
1994 - Photo fusion Gallery - London. Group student show. 'The Brecon Canal' Colour landscape images.
1995 - Coombe Farm Studio - Dittisham, Devon.
2007 - The Wharf Gallery, Tavistock, Devon. Solo Show. Mixed work. Digital art and straight photography. Featured in the newspaper 'The Western Morning News' Quote... " as close to fine art painting as photography can get"
2007 -Upton Cross,Liskeard, Cornwall- August 15th - 28th - Open Arts and Crafts Exhibtion.
10 pieces, various themes. Framed and mounted
2007 - November. Exhibitor. In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Newquay, The Bristol Hotel.7th-8th November.
2008 - March. The Wharf gallery, Tavistock Devon. Solo show. Julie Routley - Digital Art/photography
2008 August. The Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton.Devon. Photofusions and Pam Kemp.
2010 - The Wharf Gallery, Tavistock, Devon.
Quotes from the Wharf Gallery
"Julie returns with more examples of her unique vision. An unusual technique combining art, photography and computers." Julie Routley - Digital Art.
"As close to fine art painting as photography can get" Chris Burchell, curator of the Wharf Gallery.
"Remarkable, very interesting and pleasing to the eye" J Endacott
"So professional and beautiful colours!" J Eno
"Superb images" K Davies
"An exciting exhibition of creative artistic images. Very well printed and presented - congratulations!" R Harrison
"A wonderful exhibition" Mike and Jenny
"Beyond all expectations!" Lin and Nick
"Great ambiance, effective mood lighting, a great artist!!!" Jenny
"A fantastic exhibition" J Phillps
"Beautiful work" J Cann
2013 - Exhibition - 'Colours, Shapes and Patterns' The Wharf Gallery. Tavistock