My name is Issy Carter and this website has been created for my A-level photography course. I am passionate about visual arts in all forms, but I chose photography as a medium because I enjoy capturing moments in time.

Life can be beautiful and photography can capture that beauty, freezing it in time. Time can deteriorate beautiful things, for example, humans, animals and landscapes. As a photographer, we are able to capture those moments and keep them eternal to cherish forever.

Photography can also be used to record history to preserve it for future generations to see. For example, Wars, famine and hardships; that devastation in time need to be captured so the dead have not died in vain and we can understand the ugliness of the world.

Photography is powerful, it can help build or rebuild self-esteem. It can impact on your emotions and change world views on something major or change individual views on something very small.

Project – Ethereal Photography

Ethereal – Relates to the regions beyond the earth – Celestial, heavenly, unworldly. Photography which has ethereal traits tends to be dreamy or surreal. Ethereal worlds are created through the imagination, light and airy and created by artists who have crafted these dreams and captured them to inspire others.

Along with these heavenly and beautiful worlds, ethereal photography can also lean towards the disturbing, creating feelings of sadness, mysterious, ghostly and even creepy.

My Ethereal project’s journey began by researching depression alongside photography artists like Edward Honaker. Depression affects over 300 million people in the world, women more than men. ‘The want’ to escape reality and go into another world is strong and formed the base of my first set of pictures. Creating a credible link from our world to the ‘Etherial’

When I first came across ‘bath photography’ I could envisage the body submerging into the other world through the water or the ending of one’s life. Edward Honaker used this medium to demonstrate his ‘drowning’ in his depression.

Each photo shoot of mine was self-perpetuating. The end of each shoot created more questions and the need to explore deeper. This was inspiring and made me research into other ethereal artists, techniques and themes, which you will find throughout my website.

During this process, I discovered the aesthetic movement that dominated photography during the later 19th and early 20th centuries, called pictorialism. This was the turning point in history when photographers created images with style, rather than just recording a moment.

Now we have as much freedom to manipulate or adjust the captured image as a painter has in creating a painting. Like an artist, photographers must study the aesthetics of beauty and understand the perception of beauty.

For the pictorialist, a photograph, like a painting, was a way of projecting an emotional intent into the viewer’s imagination. With this in mind via my final images, I tried to create several different emotions/feelings for my viewers. 


For my final pieces, I want to present my smoke shoot video of the moving smoke on a TV in the middle of 4 of my photos. I want there to be a wind effect in the background like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBUtBrk7yzo

I’d also like there to be very quiet whispering in the background like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hocWO4WlF2k.  

I would like the room to be dark and my photos to be lit up on the wall individually to create an eerie atmosphere.