Louise grew up in the Scottish Borders and had an interesting and varied career before becoming a photographer and artist. Amongst other things, she has been a groom, a qualified nurse, a customer services manager and an international sports player, as well as being a mother.
Throughout her life and career, she says: ‘art, in different forms, had beckoned but I didn’t quite get to grips with it. I didn’t know what I wanted to do or how I wanted to do it. I loved the feel of drawing implements. I loved splashing paint around paper and canvas. I loved writing diaries. But all these had limitations, or I had limitations. There never seemed to be a way of recording or articulating the things I felt I wanted or needed to. Then life’s dictation chose my tool: the camera. It is like a black box flight recorder of life, which gave me the power to decide what I wanted people to see from the journey that I, its carrier, took.’
Louise graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2011 with a First Class Honours degree in photography and is still discovering how she will express her art through the lens. Or as she says: ‘knowing what I want from it is still an on-going and organic process. No doubt, in time, it will show me.’
Louise begins most of her work in familiar environments, usually in and around her home. She uses metaphors and staged photography, from still life to small tableaux vivants. Natural light plays an important role in all of her work: she constructs the image around the natural light source and the space it penetrates. Another key characteristic of her work is the way in which she often incorporates people into an image with objects of interest she has gathered, or objects she has found in the immediate vicinity.
Louise was attracted to the Human Race project as soon as she visited the website. She says: ‘I couldn’t fail to be excited about the prospect of being involved. Human Race will enable me to bring together my nursing and sporting background in my photography. I feel like I have been given the opportunity to talk about and explore all the things I knew were important to me while growing up and starting out in my nursing career. As an athlete I understood the importance of performing and healing well: the need for professional medical care, good equipment, and the research involved to further the ability of the athlete, physically and psychologically. I am now in the fortunate position of being able to access the knowledge within sports science and medicine from a completely different vantage point.’
More information about Louise can be found on her website at www.louiseblamire.co.uk