Documentary photographer and filmmaker Jill Cole considers issues around conflict, beauty and renewal. Her early work, created within a military training area in North Yorkshire, forms part of a wider body combining images of still life, landscape and portraiture with the aim of locating our own distanced realities within an ongoing presence of war.
Graduating in 2008, Cole achieved critical acclaim as Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year and was nominated for the New York Photo Awards. She has published and exhibited work both in the UK and internationally. At the core of her practice is an exploration into ways to engage audiences at both a critical and responsive level.
Before becoming a photographer Cole worked for over ten years in international ethical and rural development. Informed greatly by this earlier experience, the ways that individuals and communities react and interact with their natural environments is at the heart of her work and approach to visual art practice.
Cole lectures on the photography programme at Cleveland College of Art and Design where her ongoing research interests are concerned with visual representation and conflict. Alongside this she undertakes a range of residencies and commissions, most recently in the UK’s National Forest and through a commission to produce a series of work along the Finnish/Russian border.