Leanne Bell Gonczarow, currently in her first year of PhD research in the School of Art, has been successful in an application to the SGSAH Doctoral Training Partnership to commence an AHRC Scholarship from October 2019.

Her practice-led research investigates the behaviour of photons – their reflection and absorption – in relation to the loss of the sea’s reflective power due to the depletion of the ice sheets, through the processes and material manifestations of photography.

The melting of the ice-sheets has resulted in a significant reduction in the reflection of the sun’s rays from the surface of white ice back into space and is hypothesised to dramatically increase the rate of global warming. Leanne’s research will draw a parallel between this ecological reality and the recording of reflected light through photographic processes.

Leanne said, "My first year on the PhD has been part-time due to financial restrictions and stretched over two years as I took a leave of absence to have a baby. I am excited that the funding will allow me the time and space to commit to the research full-time from October and being a DTP researcher will provide a wealth of excellent training and development opportunities." 

She will utilise her multi-disciplinary art practice to question what role photographic processes can perform in relation to climate change, investigating how photography can move beyond its current use in the media as a tool for representing the landscape in crisis.

The research is supervised by Dr Ruth Pelzer-Montada and Dr Kristin Mojsiewicz at ECA.

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