Jess Keatley

Statement

Jess' photographic images utilise symbolic and historical references to animals to investigate the unique relationship between man and beast, narrating ideas and perspectives about where animals stand within society. An idea that continually resonates within her imagery is the bridge between defining what is domesticated and what is natural. The alluring attributes of any animal: their freedom, purity and elusiveness, also heavily shape the subject matter of her photography.

Theories behind anthropomorphism, that are ingrained into the narratives of Jess' work, not only teach us about how we humans identify with animals, but also how we identify with other humans.

Jess is an enthusiastic and motivated creative practitioner. She is reliable at responding to ambitious tasks with a professional ethos, and capable of telling stories with fresh perspectives and ideas.

Achievements & Experience

BA(Hons) Photography, First Class, UWE Bristol, 2020

Confident in analogue and digital shooting processes both on location and in studio environments

Experience with adobe software, lighting kits, and passionate about working in the darkroom

Work Experience:

2019-2020
UWE Student Ambassador:
Conducting under-grad preparation whilst representing UWE and assisting within the interview process

2019
Assistant to Jane Hilton:
Assistant light technician on a studio-based shoot for ‘Next’ fashion label

Southwest Collective Feature:
‘Rhode Island Red’ photography series selected to be featured on website and instagram page

Fresh Start for Hens:
Documenting a hen re-homing day, images used as advertisement on website and various Facebook Campaigns

2017
Monkey Puzzle Reproduction Art & Gallery:
Clientele product finisher and packager

Contact

Personal Professional Website Personal professional email

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Featured Projects:

Martingale

This series is entitled ‘Martingale’, and studies the retirement process of racing greyhounds and the brutal effects of their contrived careers. I wanted to use my photographic abilities to present my frustration through the perspectives of the dogs themselves and highlight the lasting impacts of the industry.

Under the Thumb

Under the Thumb is a photo-series that narrates symbolic references towards the presence of birds of prey to investigate the unique relationship between falcon and falconer, and narrate the idea of evading control with the universal idea that 'a hawk may never be fully tamed, only trained.'

Under the Thumb

Under the Thumb is a photo-series that narrates symbolic references towards the presence of birds of prey to investigate the unique relationship between falcon and falconer, and narrate the idea of evading control with the universal idea that 'a hawk may never be fully tamed, only trained.'

Martingale

This series is entitled ‘Martingale’, and studies the retirement process of racing greyhounds and the brutal effects of their contrived careers. I wanted to use my photographic abilities to present my frustration through the perspectives of the dogs themselves and highlight the lasting impacts of the industry.

Rhode Island Red

'Rhode Island Red' is a photographic series that promotes the keeping of chickens, particularly in a city space. I created this series with an aim to raise awareness of the issues behind egg production, and the benefits that free-range chicken keeping can bring to the welfare of human and hen.

Rhode Island Red

'Rhode Island Red' is a photographic series that promotes the keeping of chickens, particularly in a city space. I created this series with an aim to raise awareness of the issues behind egg production, and the benefits that free-range chicken keeping can bring to the welfare of human and hen.