Festivals, fashion and far-flung places have taken Somerset photographer and filmmaker Venetia Dearden away from home. But the landscape often draws her back. This May a new exhibition at the LA Noble Gallery, London, showcases Venetia’s work as part of FIX Photo, a celebration of photography in all its forms.
In her intimate explorations of people, place and kinship, Venetia invites the viewer to reflect on the worlds she moves through – from fashion projects and commissions for Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and Mulberry, to an epic tour of the American West in Eight Days and the culmination of six years’ documenting the largest performing arts festival in the world for Glastonbury Another Stage.
Over the past year she has settled into the familiarity of her Somerset roots, yet a nomadic spirit remains. Recent shoots have captured glimpses of maybe Morocco, maybe her local village. “Everywhere in the world has been so photographed, it’s been demystified,” she says. “I like to keep some of the intrigue – it’s part of the magic”.