OPEN Eco: Anne Marie Briscombe, Delroy, The Volunteer Beekeeper, Bees (and other species), 2022

Anne-Marie Briscombe is a documentary photographer who creates long-term portrait-centered projects. Drawing on personal experiences she makes connections with people and creates natural pictures of people and place. Working collaboratively with those she photographs, she uses accompanying text from interviews to further illustrate their diverse stories and personal circumstances.

Delroy is a volunteer at Bee Urban in Kennington Park, South London. Bee Urban is a social enterprise providing a space to learn about beekeeping, organic gardening and sustainable living. Delroy says, 'You get lost here, transfixed, it’s good for mind and soul. It’s a good place to meet like-minded, talented people who care'. He is passionate about bees and wants to become a Master Beekeeper. I am interested in exploring the role such community projects play in maintaining mental health and wellbeing.

Anne-Marie says: "My images document a small community in a busy urban environment who are brought together in the unlikely setting of Kennington Park by their love of bees. As they work together making frames for the hives, tending the garden, harvesting the honey they remind me of the bees they support. Bees as pollinators are vital for maintaining Earth’s ecosystems, biodiversity and the agriculture that sustains us. Photography can make a difference to the climate crises as it always does, by shining a light on the issues at its very heart and those individuals who try to make a difference."

Anne-Marie Briscombe is a London based documentary photographer originally from South Wales. She studied Psychology and later completed an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication. Both disciplines inform Anne-Marie’s work and she is currently exploring the role community projects play in supporting mental health and wellbeing. Anne-Marie enjoys creating long-term portrait-centered projects. Her portrait of ‘Delroy, The Volunteer Beekeeper’ was a British Journal of Photography ‘Portrait of Britain 2021 Winner’. Her work has recently been exhibited at ‘Diffusion Wales’ International Festival of Photography’ and at ‘LOOK: Photo Biennial’, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.



Anne-Marie is also a member of INK Collective
Visit INK Collective's Photo Fringe exhibition here

Photo Fringe invited artists to propose a single image to engage audiences and help us imagine a greener, fairer world. Artists were asked to respond to the question “How can photography make a difference to the climate crisis?"

The resulting outdoor exhibition of selected images by twenty artists can be found on Worthing seafront until the end of April 2023.

Sponsored by Metro Imaging Ltd with funding from Arts Council England National Lottery Project Fund and Worthing Borough Council.