Solstice Sundial

by Sonia McDuff

Solstice Sundial

by Sonia McDuff

8-18 July


Sonia McDuff’s aesthetic combines a love of nature with a fun and gentle activism; highlighting the beauty in our surrounding botanical world by way of ‘blueprint’ cyanotype photograms.
Discovered by Sonia during the first lockdown in the spring of 2020, the historical, Victorian ‘cyanotype’ practice gave back a photographic and creative voice to McDuff. To stop, pause and rest a moment whilst watching an alchemy of both the growth of a flower combined with the mutual creativity of a ‘slow’ photographic practice, results in a symbiotic process of wonder.
McDuff created this exhibition on Monday 21st June – the longest day – in the churchyard of St George’s Church, Ivychurch, working from 6am to 6pm, creating one image per hour on the hour. The longest day was also a very wet one, and these beautiful cyanotypes seem to have captured the inclement beauty perfectly, with the inherent blue changing in colour hour by hour.
Drawing on influences of the Romantic poets, counter culture and pop art, McDuff also nods to the Victorian language of flowers and surrealism; she plays around with scale and limitless notions to produce exquisite blue images.
Blue is a complex colour, evoking meaning on infinite levels. The scale of such images confronts us with bare facts. Let’s pay attention, care for this natural world and each other in the process. Hippy values. Hip Hop playfulness. Romantic and Punk irreverence.


To puchase an image from this exhibition, please contact Sonia McDuff:
This exhibition will have a run of 50 limited edition prints, exclusively as part of Jam on The Marsh 2021. They will be Giclee printed onto Hahnemuhle ‘Museum Etching’ Fine Art paper (350gsm) using a local printer in Wye.
A4: £80 + postage
A3: £120 + postage

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St Nicholas Church · New Romney

St Nicholas Church, New Romney


St Nicholas Church
Church Lane
New Romney
TN28 8AR


New Romney was once a thriving port, with the harbour adjacent to St Nicholas' Church, in front of which a mooring ring can still be seen. In 1287 a storm changed the coastline dramatically and the port was destroyed, the town now being more than a mile from the sea. Four feet of silt were deposited inside the Church and around, which accounts for it being lower than the surrounding area. Large numbers of visitors come annually, attracted by the unique history and architecture; the church is one of the finest in the Diocese of Canterbury.
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