by Eleanor Bennett
[Editor's Note: We will be publishing this 11-part series Close to Heart, one photograph at a time, for 11 consecutive weeks. This is 2 of 11.]
Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16-year-old internationally award winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic,The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has been published in the Telegraph, The Guardian, BBC News Website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited, having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles, Florida, Washington, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Germany, Japan, Australia and The Environmental Photographer of the year Exhibition (2011) amongst many other locations. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010.
My art is often taken very close to home. Recently I have been taking many festival pictures all within five miles of my home. With everything being on my doorstep, I feel my neighbourhood is a beautiful cultured centre of its own little world. I am often exhibited in new mills and I am a photographer for disley coucil. Only about 3,000 people live in my village. I’m always the girl with a camera, and as a part of my little world people are very happy to have their images taken. With my art grown locally I have won two holidays: one to New York and one to Trinidad and Tobago. Not everything has to be exotic in photography and I have found people love my quirky local imagery. Four of my photos are globally published—share a lift home, bug eyes, get back better on, and sleep anywhere—which were all taken in my back garden.
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