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Dominic Hawgood

MA work

Under the Influence

Under the Influence has emerged from an interest in trends within evangelical Christianity popular amongst predominately African communities in London.  The work is a study into the use of advertising within a specific church, and an exploration of the theatrical practice of deliverance that plays a central role in this belief system.  The enigmatic experience of seeing exorcism first hand becomes the inspiration for the series, which engages with topics about authenticity, desire and the real.


  • Dominic Hawgood
  • MA Degree


    School of Humanities


    MA Photography, 2014

  • I am a digital artist specialising in stills, and my practice combines photography, CGI, lighting design and installation. Within my work three main themes persist: a fascination with technology, states of mind, and the removal of something from the real world.  I take inspiration from things I observe, studying, isolating and reconstructing, and there is a constant drive to conjure something though the work, an attempt to transport the viewer somewhere.  Curiosity pushes me to explore subject matter that’s intangible and I harbour a desire to connect with feelings I have not experienced, and investigate topics that inhabit the imaginary spaces of people’s minds. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Photographic Art, University Wales Newport, 2005
  • Experience

  • Freelance photographic assistant/ digi op/ lighting tech, London, 2006-14
  • Exhibitions

  • Selection from Belfast Photo Festival, Sirius Art Centre, Cork, Ireland, 2014; Photo OFF, Paris, France, 2013; Belfast Photo Festival, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Ireland, 2013; Centraltrak, University of Texas Dallas, USA, 2012; Urban Dialogues, Red Gallery, London, 2012; Renaissance Photography Prize, Mall Galleries, London, 2012; Melt 2010, Mile End Art Pavilion, London, 2010; Hungry, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, 2009; The Seduction of Place, Studio 1.1, London, 2008; Faces of Wales, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2006; Bright Young Things, YourART, Berlin, 2005
  • Awards

  • Winner, Flash Forward 2013, Magenta Foundation, Canada, 2013; Nominee, Hyeres 28E Festival de Mode et de Photographie, France, 2013; Shortlisted, Terry O’Neil Award, Hotshoe Gallery, London, 2012; Finalist, First International Photography Annual, Manifest, US, 2012; Honourable mention, Flash Forward, Magenta Foundation, Canada, 2010; Winner, Hungry Bursary, Rhubarb Rhubarb, 2008; Finalist, Bright Young Things, YourART, Berlin, 2008
  • Publications

  • PHOTO+ Magazine, May edition, 2014; 'Religious Fanatics Lose Themselves Speaking In Tongues', Huffington Post, 2013; 'Abridged 0-32': Lockjaw, 2013; 'Photography: Staged, or authentic?', Its Nice That, 2013; BLINK, issue 26, 2013; 'Talk to Him', Le Monde, 2013; La Journal de la Photographie, 2013; Hyeres Festival de Mode et de Photographie Catalogue, 2012; Manifest, INPHA 1, 2012; Decode Magazine, 2005