I am Karen Roswell. As a Portrait Photographer, I believe it is my job to capture the essence of you who you are.

Having your picture taken, for me, is like leaving a legacy. 

I hear so many people, especially women over a certain age, talk about how they hate having their photograph taken.

And I found that, when you look back at old photographs, say maybe in your teens or twenties or thirties, you’re looking not just at that age, but you’re also taking in that era – the styles, the fashion – it encompasses everything. And so what I aim to do is to say: “Look, take a photograph of who you are today, so that your grandchildren, your loved ones can have that memory of who you are now – because that’s who they see.”

That’s why for me there is nothing more important than to photograph who you are today.

My photography is a practice of social engagement.

For the past 2 years I have voluntarily co-ordinated and organised a programme of artistic activities for International Women’s Day (IWD) Swindon held across 3 sites in the town’s centre, the Central Library, the Museum of Computing and ArtSite’s No 9 Gallery. The aim was to celebrate women’s contributions to Arts & Culture, Business, Community & Charitable Organisations, and IT & Technology in the town. The event doubled its visitors from 600 in 2015 to 1200 in 2016.

My recent exhibitions include ‘We See You’ – exploration of 8 female artists whose practices and works pay homage to the lives of the many women affected by breast cancer, mental health and wellbeing. And ‘Dress:Code – Women and Girls in Computing’ exploring the history of women in the computing industry and mapping the roles of women working in Swindon’s Technology Companies. Both shows were produced for IWD Swindon.

I have a published text on the work of Birmingham based artist Barbara Walker.


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