Award-winning photographer Emma Amsden is profoundly deaf, and her picture-taking projects in the Yorkshire Dales often emphasise the isolation she feels in "a world without sound."
Her artistic inspiration derives from her family background. "When I was growing up, my dad had a hobby, and that was photography, and my mother was doing artistic things - painting and whatever."
"My pictures speak eloquently of the countryside I love with a passion. When the weather changes, it inspires me from within, I have an empathy with it. I can't hear anything, but I feel that I grew up with a relationship with the environment. Using my strong visual sense, I see texture - taking photographs I feel the oppressive atmosphere of black heavy clouds in contrast with the landscape."
"I use the medium of black & while film photography to the full. Preferring to use natural light only, a major element of my work is the imaginative use of light and contrast. I have a keen eye especially when I capture many facial expressions on people's faces, they're sad and happy. My pictures of sweeping, empty landscapes with their haunting atmosphere and beautiful monochrome imagery, seems to share with the viewer a sense of silence and isolation".
"I have developed my own style - moody, monochrome landscape and intense studies of people, using natural light to emphasise textures and patterns to create effect - A world without sound, I love with passion".
"I use digital photography and sometimes the Instagram app on my mobile to produce colour prints. These are specially printed in the laboratory on 'Kodak Pro Endura' premium quality photo-paper with a 100 year fastness".