Davies’ work is concerned with stories and personal histories, the tales and myths we use to structure our lives: memories, life-stories and beliefs. She takes inspiration from classical and modern painting, cinema and theatre as well as the imaginary worlds of literature. She employs a deliberate reworking of our visual vocabulary, playing on our notions of nostalgia, visual conventions and subconscious ‘looking habits’, with the intention of evoking a sense of recognition, narrative and movement.
Lottie Davies’ unique style has won her recognition and numerous awards, including the Association of Photographers’ Awards, the International Color Awards, and the Schweppes Photographic Portrait Awards. She has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the USA. Davie’s work has garnered international acclaim with the image Quints, which won First Prize at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Awards 2008 at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and with Viola As Twins – from the series Memories And Nightmares, which won the Photographic Art Award, Arte Laguna Prize in Venice in 2011.
Love Stories is an ongoing photographic and narrative arts project, which will result in an exhibition of large-format photographs, the publication of a small book of collected stories and a permanent online archive.
Each of us is the result of our parents’ meeting, at some point in the past. Lottie asks questions like, ‘How did your parents meet?’
‘How do you remember meeting your partner? And how does your partner remember meeting you?’
Chance, determinism, arranged marriages, bumping into someone at a bus stop – in hindsight all of these meeting moments are pivotal in our personal histories. It is these beginnings, and the memories of these meetings, which Love Stories explores and celebrates.