Emma Champion

I have been collecting shadows in the darkroom for more than 20 years in an attempt to depict the moments in life that are usually fleeting. The images, to me, represent a point frozen in time, literally a moment of illumination.


This is at the core of my work, the idea that a flash of insight, or awareness can be captured in a kind of visual echo. I’m trying to create a tether to a moment in time, a direct connection to a feeling or memory, to preserve it, re-live and examine it and prevent it from slipping away.


Many of the works on this website are original unique photograms and luminograms created mostly between 2005 and 2015. Some of these images are used as the starting point for digital and mixed media creations which further explore the interplay between light and shadow.

Since the mid 90’s I have worked as a self-employed photographic printer providing specialist hand-printing services for a broad range of London centric clients including commercial photo labs, studios, museums, tv & film companies and picture archives.


I love being in the darkroom and have always been fascinated with the magical way an image is created. Countless happy hours have been spent, over many years, experimenting with camera-less techniques, exploring the possibilities of capturing light and reflection patterns: a subject I find incredibly alluring.

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