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Only When I Dream show in London

I'm delighted to invite you to the Private View of "Only When I Dream" at the Coningsby Gallery, London from 6.00-9.00pm on Wednesday 31st August.

"Only When I Dream' is a group show at the Coningsby Gallery, London, curated by Andrew Coningsby and Beth Taubner.

I'll be among a diverse group of artists including Claire Rosen, Gina Glover, Martin O'Neill, Sam Falconer and  Leeming & Paterson.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to

Open  Tuesday 30th August - Saturday 10th September, 9.30am - 6.00pm. Saturday 3rd September 11.30am - 6.00pm join us for tea! Closed Sunday 4th September.
30 Tottenham Street London, W1T 4RJ

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Nominee in Fine Art Photography Awards 2022

'Enmeshed'  means to be entangled in something.

We are nature. We need to overcome the feeling of being separate. We are inextricably woven into the ecosystem that is Gaia.

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Swiss Plant magazine showcases my ideology alongside my images

Pflanzenfreund January 2022

I was delighted this magazine were keen to talk about my philosophical approach as well as showcasing images. The translation of the main text is:

'In nature there is no beginning or end, everything is a process, writes the British author Carol Sharp in her resume. As a photographer and gardener, she has over the last 25 years been studying the secret life of plants.

She even goes so far as to call herself a vitalist, connecting with the vital life force inherent in all living things.

The more evidence there is that plants communicate with each other, Carol questions our relationship to plants and our understanding of nature. Because we must recognize that we are not separate from nature, but are part of her.'

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2 Honourable mentions in Julia Margaret Cameron awards

This image is about the cosmic significance of a seed, the seed as sacred, the seed that is the beginning and the end, the origin and the completion of the whole.

The seed emerging from its dormant state is a metaphor ofhope for the planet.

We are nature. We need to overcome the feeling of being separate. We are inextricably woven into the ecosystem that is Gaia.

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 I talk about co-evolving with plants on celebrates and supports artists who are concerned about the environment or ecological issues.

I was delighted to be invited to talk in May 2021 as part of First Friday. These are informal presentations and discussions about our projects past and in progress. My talk starts at 39.30

My practise encourages us to embrace plants as kin, and aims to heal the disconnection we have from plants. 

I discuss ideas for a project exploring how we can re-embody a long lost role as a co-evolutionary partner, rather than a gene controller, through carrying out mindful seed saving and community sharing.

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Mother's day floral banners

I was delighted to work with the wonderful team at Cowan Design on the Tesco Mother's Day instore and online imagery.
As well as the photography and styling, I created the painted background, which was very theraputic under lockdown... and at least the lovely models didn't have to socially distance!

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Calendar for Garden Organic

A project I did for Garden Organic Heritage Seed Library has been made into a calendar for 2021

The 12 images each depict the seed and the vegetable arranged in a painterly still life.

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Winner - Nature - 2020 Pollux awards

'Barcode or Biophilia'

Winner in Nature Single image category in the International Pollux Awards. Alongside the beauty in the rhythm of the trees is the reference to a barcode, which represents how trees are viewed as a commodity, just as wood that is useful to humans.

Exhibited at the FotoNostrum Gallery in Barcelona March 4th-26th 2020.

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This image was chosen by Photofusion from over 1000 entries for their Salon 2019 and is on display until 23rd Jan 2020 at their gallery

The field poppy Papaver rhoeas has been used to commemorate the fallen since it covered the fields of Flanders with its blooms at the end of the 1st world war, and it has become known as the Remembrance poppy.

Here the blood red flower is a vivid memory, this plant has already reached the end of its life cycle and the colour is drained from it. The stem suggests the barbed wire of the trenches, and the transience of a flower reminds us of how fleeting life is. But in the dying plant's seedhead is the new life within, continuing the perpetual cycle.

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The leaf

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Silver in 2019 MIFA awards

This image won Silver in the Science/Environment category in the Moscow International Awards.

The seed is the beginning and the end, the origin and the completion of the whole.  The journey of the seed to its final form is a symbol for the journey of the soul.

The Oak represents mighty power, from its huge botanical structure to the strength of the wood itself. It is often called the king of trees, not just due to its size but its ability to survive environmental change. Now however, human activities are taking a toll on these magnificent trees.

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209 Women in Open Eye Gallery Liverpool & parliament decide to archive collection

209 Women moves to Liverpool for February/March 2019. The Open Eye gallery is a beautiful large gallery on the docks beside Tate Liverpool.

Parliament have confirmed that the full 209 women collection of prints will be now be part of one of the most important public collections in the UK, to be preserved and shown for years to come.

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Art.Earth Artist of the month February 2019

Carol Sharp was asked to be Artist of the Month and discuss her work on the website of Art.Earth - a collective of artists and researchers with an interest in ecology and the environment. 

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Pollux Awards 2019 - Winner of 2 categories

Carol Sharp has won 2 categories in the Pollux awards 2019.

The Systems IV image 'Linear breaking point' won the Digital manipulation single, and the 'Underworld' series images won in Nature series.

The images will be shown in Barcelona as part of the Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography exhibition. 

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Photofusion Salon 2018

'Decline IV - Return to the foetal form' has been selected for the Photofusion Salon 2018.

The Decline series follows the slowing down process in nature as rigidity and strength recedes and colour is lost, often there is shrivelling and shrinking, the life force seems to be leaving. Many similarities to aging humans can be drawn.

"This image is actually comprised of young leaves from the London Plane which had fallen early. But like all leaves as they dried they curled in. As I laid them out and studied them I was reminded of my elderly mother and her friends, who although they had shrunk and were bent over, still retained a resilient and playful character."

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209 Women show to mark 100 years since women got the vote

209 women will be a public exhibition in Parliament to mark 100 years of women achieving the vote: 209 new portraits of all women MPs, by 209 women photographers.

"I was delighted to be asked but told the curator Hilary Wood that it wasn't really my genre. She said they weren't just looking for mugshots but creative interpretations by different sorts of photographers. I said I would do it if I could be paired with the only green MP - Caroline Lucas.

So I came up with an idea for a photomontage around a vision of a green parliament. It entailed getting Caroline in an empty House of Commons and I was extremely fortunate that it was closed for a couple of weeks for repairs and I got permission to use it for the shoot.

Many thanks to my assistant Alice Constance and my friend Jonathan Froud for their help with the shoot."

On 14th December 1918 women voted for the first time, and in the same year the first female MP was elected. Launching 14th December 2018, 100 years on, 209 Women opens in Portculis house in the Palace of Westminster.

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11th Julia Margeret Cameron awards

An honourable mention was received for these 2 images in the 2018 awards. 

They will be shown at the Photobiennial in Barcelona in October 2018.

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Billboard installation at Phytology

The billboard stayed up in Phytology nature reserve for a few weeks until 30th June 2018

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25th & 26th May 2018 : Chelsea Fringe installation

Carol Sharp demonstrates a device that can read the electromagnetic vibration of a plant and translate it into music, during an installation at Phytology, an artist led project at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve.

Hear how patterns and melodies change in relationship to fluctuations in the environment, listen to different plants and interact with them to affect the sounds. Play an instrument and hear the plant respond. Performances with invited musicians during the day and Carol will talk about her exploration into plant intelligence. Explore the nature reserve including medicinal meadows.

The event is open Friday 25th & Saturday 26th May from 11-6pm, and visits can also be made by appointment from 21st-24th May.


Saturday 25th May : Musicians perform an improvised set on site with the plants. Be there to experience this unique event!

Sound artist Simone Salvatici  will be using using his amazing gongs which produce a powerful vibrational resonance.

Guitarist Alex Lewis will be playing various pieces and improvising when the plant chimes in.

2.30pm Alex

3pm Simone

3.30pm Alex

4pm Simone

4.30pm Both playing together

Chelsea Fringe is a garden festival in London which is run in parallel with the Chelsea Flower Show. It consists of a variety of eclectic events at locations across London.

April 2018 : Outdoor photography article

I was invited to write an article about capturing the essence of plants using photography, not only technical and creatively but also the philosophical side of communing with nature in this way. Click here to read complete article

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