Alison Hamlin-Hughes is The Marbury Lady. She is a professional photographer who uses an iPhone, rather than a bagful of cameras and lenses. Indeed, Alison makes a virtue out of her choice of camera and has created a successful business selling her evocative compositions, both at a local market and online to a wider audience.
“I used to hide the fact that I use an iPhone rather than a DSLR camera for my pictures, but now I’m really proud of that!”
Photography runs in the family. Alison’s 26-year-old son, Jake Plumb, is an industrial archaeology photographer, documenting sites all over the country before they are demolished. And, in a strange twist, he does all his photography using a Nikon film camera. His mother, on the other hand, is not just a digital photographer but has espoused the latest trend to smartphone capture.
Marbury is a small village in Cheshire, just north of Northwich. To add a bit of spice to the story, the Marbury Lady is a local legend, said to be a dark-skinned exotic Egyptian girl who haunts the grounds of the old Marbury Hall.
Alison, however, is firmly rooted in the here and now. Yet her pseudonym adds a layer of mystery. It’s a very apposite umbrella for her haunting photographs of the grounds of Marbury Hall and the local Cheshire countryside.
You can find a large gallery of Alison’s photographs here on Instagram. She obviously has a talent for contre-jour photography, and the iPhone handles it very well.