Carlotta Luke, Lewes-based photographer and designer
Carlotta Luke is a highly experienced photographer with a diverse portfolio ranging from architecture to portraiture. Her work skillfully captures the subtle beauty of everyday life, sometimes challenging the observer’s perception of objects or situations. Originally from New England, USA, where she trained her photographer’s eye on the Massachusetts coastal light and landscape, Carlotta has a BA in Fine Art and a Master’s in Urban Design. She produces work which is edgy and elegant, often humorous, always thought provoking. Carlotta’s distinctive work is available as fine art quality prints and greeting cards.
An in-depth article about her career can be found at Musee Magazine here.
Architectural Work: Carlotta specialises in architectural documentary photography in which she creates a visual narrative of renovations with a compelling sense of place and style. Her work brings a new dimension to project documentation, recording the journey from old to new by capturing the light, space, texture and materials, as well as people involved. Some of her recent projects include the renovation of two derelict Victorian warehouses in Newhaven Harbour, the development of The Depot Cinema in Lewes, and the restoration of the Tudor manor in Southover Grange.
Work and School Environments: Carlotta creates beautiful and informative portraiture, often un-posed, of people involved in daily activities or celebrations, for marketing materials, press coverage and exhibitions. She has produced photography for independent schools wishing to promote a distinctive identity, local artisan food and drink producers in Sussex, artists and makers, musicians, and even the RNLI. Carlotta’s professional and friendly approach makes her subjects feel comfortable – which is reflected in the consistently high quality, creative appeal of her work.
Event Photography: Carlotta is available for commissions to photograph events and conferences, and a wide range of other subjects. She responds by producing high quality and original photographic work, working unobtrusively both indoors and outside, to capture an event’s unique atmosphere. Her clients include local businesses, councils and universities as well as individuals wishing to record special occasions with natural yet imaginative pictures. Past assignments have included capturing HRH Queen Elizabeth’s visit to a Lewes brewery; and, by contrast, taking promotional shots for the band Mumford & Sons.
Graphic Design: Carlotta is also an experienced graphic designer whose commissions include books, logos, websites and more. She understands the importance of great design for brand identity, having worked for ten years as an art director during which time she honed her design and editing skills. Her clients include artists, entrepreneurs and businesses across Sussex.
“Carlotta is a joy to work with: she’s reliable, prompt, thoughtful and adaptable and yet remains true to her artistic eye.
“Her images surprise and delight, sometimes gently challenging the observer to flip their perception of an every day object or situation.”
“I think your pictures capture brilliantly the craft and the graft and the beauty without making it seem twee and idealised romantically.”
“I am the chap who yesterday waxed lyrical about your photograph of the Queen at Harvey’s Brewery. For me, it absolutely captures the ‘decisive moment’ when the past, present and future of the story can be read. It is also very witty, with the Queen striding on ahead, leaving Philip chatting to Miles Jenner, glimpsed through the window. A perfect shot.”
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