VENETIA DEARDEN “ANOTHER STAGE”
National Portrait Gallery Exhibitor Venetia Dearden will be displaying work from her Glastonbury festivals project. Venetia has been documenting the event since 2004 and has depicted people wearing corsets, crinolines and cartoon costumes; in flip-flops, wellies, cowboy boots and stilettos. The portraits are all shot against a white studio backdrop removing the sitters from the context of the festival with only mud splatters providing any sort of a clue as to the original shoot location.
Born in 1975, Venetia grew up in Somerset next to the festival site. A black and white school course first got her engaged in photography in 1990 and in 1994 began travelling taking photos in Africa and Peru. With a degree in Anthropoloy and a Postgraduate in Photojournalism she has continued to travel producing features for magazines and humanitarian organisations. She has produced two books; “Somerset Stories, Fivepenny Dreams” and “Glastonbury, Another Stage” in April of this year. See more of venetia’s work