Michael Vaughan Owen completed a BA in Photography at the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries, graduating with First Class Honours. He is currently studying for an MA in documentary photography at Newport University.

His work seeks to balance fine art and documentary photography in a way that brings a fresh perspective to some of the contemporary issues affecting his native Wales. Michael’s photography is heavily influenced by American photography, specifically the work of Lewis Baltz, John Gossage, Ed Ruscha and Joel Sternfeld.

“My ambition is to develop my approach to photography so that my work stimulates and informs contemporary debate in relation to issues, such as economic regeneration, land use and sustainability.”

Michael successfully competed in the 2013 Nuffield Health Photography Bursary. His images, inspired by the 400-year old sweet chestnut tree sited in the grounds of the Chesterfield Hospital in Clifton, Bristol, are now on permanent display at the hospital. They have also been shown at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London.