Sjon Barnes is a British photographer based in York. His main theme for the past three years has been the “Non-Place”, which he has defined as a space that, without humanity or the idea of capitalism, would cease to exist in our world. Moving Shop echoes this definition, documenting empty spaces during the Covid-19 lockdowns. The pandemic has negatively impacted businesses, forcing hospitality and retail owners to respond to a new reality. Sjon also shows the grim reality of football club owners moving stadiums; it’s another scenario which ties in with the idea of a “Non-Place.” “A lot of fans would consider a new stadium not home and not human,” Barnes notes.
Restoration through Nature
Each year Aesthetica selects an undergraduate student from York St John University for its Fine Arts Graduate Prize. The 2016 recipient, Harriet Sutcliffe, impressed judges with her contemplative video piece, Uncertainty.
Jess Thompson is a portrait photographer who uses her camera as a tool to enhance wellbeing alongside a reflective practice.