About Hester Jones
Hester Jones is a British Artist b.1973 based in London, UK. She spent several years living in Italy, where she had her first training in photography. Followed by PgCert Photography at Central St Martins School of Art, and MA Photography at London College of Communication. She also gained BA (hons) English & Italian from the Universities of Westminster and Bologna. In 2020, she graduates MA Creative Writing & Publishing at Bournemouth University, where she is writing her first novel.
Hester's multi-disciplinary practice incorporates photography, video, installation, storytelling, sound, found images, text, and objects to probe gender roles and hierarchical structures in patriarchal society. Her work is inspired by eco-feminism, animal studies, neuroscience, and Eastern philosophies, to explore human and animal consciousness, and analogous behaviours and emotions: such as empathy, fear, and anxiety. She is also committed to working in the area of Arts and Health.
Exhibitions & Festivals include Brighton Photo Fringe, Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, Barbican Arts Trust, Krakow Photomonth, and Photomonth East London. She has led participatory photography projects and residencies commissioned by Arts Council England, NHS, and City of Westminster, and at The Photographer's Gallery London.
In January 2018 her work was presented at the Minding Animals Conference in Mexico City. In 2017 she exhibited at The Animal Museum, Los Angeles, USA, with 14 international artists, to commemorate Carol J Adam's 25th Anniversary of The Sexual Politics of Meat. Her writing and photographs are published in the accompanying book The Art of the Animal. In November 2020, her latest work will be published in Adam's The Pornography of Meat: New Edition.
From 2015-2017 she travelled with her husband through 16 countries in Russia and Asia teaching film-making & photography to kids from underserved communities. Also, making films, below and above water, to help marine conservation, human-trafficking, women's and animal welfare organisations. There she trained as a professional scuba diver.
Hester is also a yoga teacher and sound healer. As well as a tutor on Skillshare. Please click here to see her tutorial on Mindful Montage, and a photography class Reflections on Women Photographers! She will be publishing more tutorials in future. Followers and new students are welcome!