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Shona Sibley, of Long Sutton, hopes new photography business will show people "the world and all of its beauty" through her work




A science graduate from Long Sutton is finding out how elements of the community are reacting to her skill in taking photographs.

Shona Sibley (22) has turned her "spark" with a camera into an art photography business called "How I See".

Inspired by what she called "the world and all of its beauty", Shona is going in a different direction career-wise to that suggested by her biochemistry degree from Leicester University.

Shona Sibley with her dad, Father Jonathan Sibley, at St Mary's Church, Long Sutton.
Shona Sibley with her dad, Father Jonathan Sibley, at St Mary's Church, Long Sutton.

Shona, daughter of Father Jonathan Sibley, parish priest of Long Sutton, said: "I've always loved photography and how beautiful pictures of the world as photographers see it always come out.

"When I was 16, I got into art photography by taking pictures on my mobile phone.

"But at the time, I was unable to invest in a proper camera and I didn't have a back-up option in terms of a career.

"I only launched 'How I See' properly six weeks ago but I've already had a couple of sales which is really encouraging."

Shona followed a purely scientific route through her education, firstly at Long Sutton Primary School and then Spalding High School before going on to university.

After three years of studying biochemistry, Shona spent an extra year in Leicester where she finished a Masters' degree in infection immunity and inflammation.

Shona Sibley, of Long Sutton, has set up her own art photography business called 'How I See'. Photo supplied. (9151912)
Shona Sibley, of Long Sutton, has set up her own art photography business called 'How I See'. Photo supplied. (9151912)

"Photography gave me a break from my studies and I felt more refreshed after I'd taken some pictures," Shona said.

"After finishing my Masters, I had the idea of posting my photographs on social media and running a poll to see if people were enthusiastic about them.

"It was then that I thought 'Why not give having my own photography business a go?'"

Shona put one of her photographs on show for the very first time at the 19th South Holland Open Arts Exhibition, at South Holland Centre, Spalding, earlier this month.

Visitors to this week's Long Sutton Flower Festival, on at St Mary's Church until Friday, can also see Shona's photographs and they will all be available at the town's Friday market on Friday and again on May 24.

Shona said: "The South Holland Open Arts Exhibition was very exciting because it was the first time that I'd ever exhibited my work publicly.

"Although I'm not a trained photographer, I've put lots of hours into researching it and my inspiration is Linda McCartney.

"I'd love to have my photographs exhibited in London as I feel I have the spark that makes my work more than just another set of photographs.

"'How I See' is based on the world and all its beauty because I believe the world can be beautiful, even if it's something that looks unsightly."



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