lorraine kerr photography

biographical and archaelogical note.


archaeological and art-historical images were the starting point of my work with the camera; in my chosen area of postgraduate research, i needed to take detailed photographic records of the visual narratives and motifs of certain monuments from the classical world. in time my eye began to automatically telescope in and out whenever i had my camera to hand, and in the atrophied urban surroundings that were a feature of many a site visit, i began to see the potential beauty that belies the broken down, neglected and ostensibly mundane aspects of towns, cities and suburbs. from here i built up a portfolio of incidental urban details and in 2009 i began publishing some of these on the web. to my delight some went on to be featured in magazines and photography blogs. over the next few years i began to explore other artistic possibilities, in particular the total extraction of subject matter from surroundings, so that what was the essence of an image for me also became the only possible focus for the viewer. in this way abstract photographs gradually became the dominant form in my photographic repertoire. it was also during this time that i discovered my preference for the aesthetic rigours of the square format, or 1:1 ratio


i have travelled widely throughout the classical world, and i still produce archaeological images for publications. if you would like to see a more comprehensive range of archaeological images than the selection here, or would like to know if i have an image of a particular monument, please get in touch with me via my contact page. for years i published images under a pseudonym, caecilia metella. this is a name taken from a roman monument that i became very taken with and that formed an integral part of my research, a summary of which was published as part of a multi-authored academic volume on aspects of the late roman empire (Oxbow Books 2002)



exhibitions, commissions and published images.


2018 Exhibition of wet plate images of stromboli, commissioned (click here to see images)

2017 Exhibition of Small Works, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, 01 July - 08 August 2017

2017 Forthcoming, 'Revealing the border roads' by David Jones, image of inscription

2016 Indirect Objects: portrait project, Broadacre House, Newcastle upon Tyne - ongoing

2015 Blast Beach exhibition, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne 26 June - 8 August 2015

2015 Guardian printed edition, photo of water reflections at Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne

2014 Guardian Web Edition, Spring Photos leader image

2014 Featured Photographer in the December edition of Winter Sun Media Arts magazine, California

2014 Commissioned mural and canvas artist for Zentopia Lifestyle, California

2013 Blast Beach Exhibtion, The Late Shows / Ouseburn Valley

2013 War Memorials Online, main image for Wallsend world war I memorial

2013 Projet 192, Madrid, image commemorating one of the victims of the Madrid train bombings of 2004

2013 Great North Museum, backdrop image for Society of Antiquaries bicentennial exhibiton

2013 English Heritage Guide to Chesters Roman Fort, image of Milecastle 36

2013 Duke's Moor school gate commission, Gosforth

2012 Photographer, International Women's Day, Newcastle events

2012 Photographer, North East Kayaks launch event, opened by Sir Alan Beith MP

2012 Valleystracts Exhibition, The Late Shows / Ouseburn Valley

2011 Featured artist, Interesting

2010 Featured artist, Minimal

2010 Archeothema magazine, images from Hadrian's Wall

2009 'Count Belisarius: the Last Roman General' by Ian Hughes, image of the arch of Galerius in Thessaloniki

2008 Schmap! Rome edition, image of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, Rome





some of the images in the 'dreams' gallery have an image of a shower curtain as an overlay. this image is used with the permission of karl hurst. in this gallery i occasionally use an image of steamed glass, supplied by mariastock at deviantArt. all other images are © lorraine kerr and caeciliametella photography 2008-2018


special thanks are due to the very talented sicilian photographer giacomo belardi, whose patient correction of the italian text that i wrote for this website has ensured a smoother read for italian speakers everywhere. all italian text © lorraine kerr and giacomo belardi 2015; all english text © lorraine kerr 2015-18; grey customised social media icons © lorraine kerr 2016


you can keep up to date with my work and make other enquiries on my facebook page; for a more extensive range of images, you can visit my facebook and flickr pages. i also sell some work through saatchi on line. all links are below




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photos © lorraine kerr and lorraine kerr photography 2008-2018