Gem is a photographer (and plant nerd) based in Oxford, UK. She works in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford where she supports research, teaching and communication. She recently completed an MA in Photography at Falmouth University where she undertook practical research into the botanical archives of the Oxford University Herbaria

This project was an exploration of the hidden histories of the women botanists whose work was often overlooked in the history of botanical science. Gem worked closely with the Herbaria Curator, research scientists, botanic illustrators, printmakers and herbarium staff. Throughout the project, Gem experimented with a number of photographic techniques and created an artists book to display these alternative cameraless prints and case studies. 

In April, Gem will participate in a residency with the London Alternative Photography Collective. The specific focus is to develop, research and share approaches to fostering a more sustainable and environmentally friendly photographic darkroom practice.

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