Claire Martin

Featured Work:  Addiction and Poverty

Claire Martin began her career by pursuing a degree in Social Work, however, she changed her focus to Photography when she realized that change can also be effected through this medium.

Her work in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, Canada’s poorest neighbourhood, has brought to light terrible injustices and the government’s failure to address the social problems that plague this community. This series has been recognized by the IPA, winning Claire a nomination for Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year. A single image from the series also won her the Amateur Portraiture Category of the Sony World Photography Awards.

Claire has recently relocated to Perth, Western Australia where she has begun a career as a freelance photographer.

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What’s in the bag?
The whole series of images for the Addiction and Poverty feature were shot with a hassleblad 501CM using natural light. I have prime 80mm and 50mm lenses and that is all. I used Ilford delta series from 100 to 3200 film. I scanned negatives with Epson Flatbed photo scanner.