Jacqui Hurst has been an editorial photographer since the mid 80's working with publishers and magazines, illustrating art, craft and gardening books and features. She is a member of the GMG and the NUJ. Recent books featuring her work are: 'Textile Landscapes' and 'Pat Albeck: Queen of the Tea Towel'. Jacqui started teaching at West Dean twenty years ago and found that she loved sharing her expertise and knowledge. She runs workshops in the UK and Europe.
What is your approach to teaching?
I like to put myself in the position of the students by helping them overcome their initial fears of how their camera works. I always emphasise the need to take time to look, consider the composition and aim to get as much right in camera before pressing the shutter. I encourage students to develop their own style by using a mixture of one to one tuition, group reviews and discussions.
What inspires your own work?
I love watching the changing light and how it influences my surroundings while I'm working, walking or gardening. I'm attracted to colour and find inspiration from looking at paintings and going to exhibitions.