Tessa Sinclair is a photographer of ‘Place’, whether in the wilderness of Antarctica or on the windswept marshes closer to home in Suffolk. Her inspiration is rooted in the discovery of the therapeutic quality that certain places have on us psychologically and emotionally and her work explores how that immersion in landscape affects the psyche. Tessa’s images draw the viewer in with an intricacy of detail in the foreground. The clarity and definition dissipate towards the horizon creating a space and sense of vagueness for the viewer to linger in. Other images present the viewer with a barrier over which they cannot see, enclosing them within the landscape and creating a sense of uncertainty. Many of her images feature the marks of human presence and invoke that relationship we have with our environment; with the land we inhabit. On the surface they appear to come from the aesthetic of documenting the landscape but there is no set typology. There is a subtlety in them which speaks more of the spirit of the place, what the place evokes in our inner world rather than recording the topography of the landscape and therefore they reach us at a deeper level.
Tessa has combined being a doctor with photography for a number of years, embarking on an MA photography while still practising as a doctor. Since moving to Suffolk, she has been able to develop her bookmaking and is publishing her second Photobook this year called A Restless Land which is a hauntingly beautiful collection of images made in Suffolk throughout the year of lockdown. They speak of the place and the times we have just been through.