The Mobile Art and Photography of Nettie Edwards

Exhibition News: EXPERIMENTAL, Kensington and Chelsea Art Week

“These are her things,’ he was saying.”These are her things! She touched these things, she chose and bought them one by one, she arranged them lovingly and she thought they were beautiful. Oh my mother, my poor foolish little mother!’ The tears were streaming down his face. — The Book of Ebenezer le Page by G.B. Edwards.

My Anthotype series GRAVE GOODS, begun during COVID-19 isolation, recently won the Hundred Heroines EXPERIMENTAL open call. Photographs depicting some of the work in progress and prints are being exhibited at The Exhibitionist Hotel, Kensington, during Kensington and Chelsea Art Week, alongside experimental photography Doyenne Ellen Carey’s struck by Light. In response to COVID restrictions, the exhibition has been designed in poster form so that it can be easily sent for exhibition In other venues. For more information contact

Grave Goods (2020)

On Ancient Earth: Artists Expedition Society and Lumen Group London

“A leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars” Song Of Myself, Walt Whitman

Tornare Alla Luce (Return To Light) 2016 – 2018

Last Thursday, 1st October, I took part in a live Zoom presentation during which I shared some of the projects I made in Italy between 2015 and 2018, responding to spiritual interpretations of transformative relationships between matter and light. Referencing the pioneering work of Scottish Scientist Mary Somerville (an early exponent of the Anthotype process) and Mary Quinlan-McGrath’s Influences: Art, Optics and Astrology in the Italian Renaissance (2014), I described some of the performative elements of my creative practice, the Freelensing and light manipulation techniques I employ, and my interest in the Anthotype process as metaphor. I also talked about perceptions of starlight and sunlight, the imaginative roles of light and absence of light in death and mourning rituals and the potential for light photons to create an Anthotype exposure in underground settings.

The event was part of an online conference series accompanying On Ancient Earth, an exhibition about our relationship with the night sky, organised and curated by the Artist Expedition Society of Alice Springs, Australia and Lumen London. More information may be found HERE

Reclaim Photography Festival

One of my Anthotypes will be shown as part of the exhibition Beauty in Imperfection at the Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton, 8th – 30th January 2020, a Reclaim Photography Festival event.

Woodland Walk, Painswick Rococo Garden (Purple Aquilegia Anthoype 2014)

Exhibition news

A photograph from my series Violet Doesn’t Live Here Anymore has been selected for Time To Think, curated by Shutter Hub For the Festival Pil’ours, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France 01 July – 31 August 2019

The Last Of England: Lizard Point

Images from a recent Artists Residency with the Lumen Group London and Mayes Creative. A glorious long-weekend of coastal walking, star watching and fascinating conversations between artists and photographers of wide-ranging practices. I was working with my iPhone X Max and an Ensign Ful-Vue camera c1947.

The Last Train Home (December 2018)

hipstamaticphoto-567957715.403655img_1623hipstamaticphoto-568043858.199169img_1233img_1727img_1208hipstamaticphoto-567902977.314130img_1156img_1249Miller’s Dale for Tideswell …
Kirby Muxloe …
Mow Cop and Scholar Green … No more will I go to Blandford Forum and Mortehoe
On the slow train from Midsomer Norton and Mumby Road.
No churns, no porter, no cat on a seat
At Chorlton-cum-Hardy or Chester-le-Street.
We won’t be meeting again
On the Slow Train.

I’ll travel no more from Littleton Badsey to Openshaw.
At Long Stanton I’ll stand well clear of the doors no more.
No whitewashed pebbles, no Up and no Down
From Formby Four Crosses to Dunstable Town.
I won’t be going again
On the Slow Train.

On the Main Line and the Goods Siding
The grass grows high
At Dog Dyke, Tumby Woodside
And Trouble House Halt.

The Sleepers sleep at Audlem and Ambergate.
No passenger waits on Chittening platform or Cheslyn Hay.
No one departs, no one arrives
From Selby to Goole, from St Erth to St Ives.
They’ve all passed out of our lives
On the Slow Train, on the Slow Train.

Cockermouth for Buttermere … on the Slow Train,
Armley Moor Arram … Pye Hill and Somercotes … on the Slow Train,
Windmill End.

The Slow Train (Flanders and Swann)

The Last Of England

Deal, Kent, January 2018

The Last Of England

Deal, Kent, January 2018

The Last Of England

Deal, Kent January 2018

Oh Santa Maria! He Cried, I Am A Rose