WATER SALAD ON MONDAY
Esther is a photographer and film maker who rediscovered the joy and expression of Black & White photography using a shared analogue SLR while between film locations.
She wrote and directed BAFTA winning short, September, which travelled the world picking up multiple awards to then be released as a soundtrack and DVD by Invada Records. More recently she completed the feature film Light Years shot around Bristol and starring singer Beth Orton and Muhummet Uzner, with sounds from Eric Chenaux and Chris Watson. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival before playing around the world. She's made music videos, directed Skins and Kenneth Branagh's Wallander and collaborates with the Cube Cinema where she helps in running a cinema for displaced children.
In September 2017, Esther brings us Water Salad on Monday, a book and exhibition of beautiful black and white photographs that tenderly picks its way through the special natures that exist at magical Elm Tree Farm - a working farm comprised of animals, plants, volunteers, carers and adults with disabilities. The pictures bring to the fore the life-affirming hotbed of care, compassion and graft that is the foundation of this farm and of community-minded collective endeavours all over the world. Esther has been in situ for a year, watching life and death, friendships and growth, mud and blood, while clicking her battered old cameras as the farm sails into the seasons. A sometimes intuitive, sometimes self-aware methodology allows Esther to snap in a sensitive style that blurs definitions of documentary and fable. The piece captures moments in tiny details and vast emotion. Pinning photos to all surfacethe exhibition will be a treasure trail of sensory pleasure. Hung behind chickens and amongst the fruit and veg, images will be cropping up in unexpected places and spaces. Pigs and duck's, sunflowers and apples will all be at hand too, so these photos, that hold still life for a magic moment, will be surrounded by their living, breathing muses in resplendent early Autumn conditions.