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46. Edward Hopley

My Footprints, Gulf of Finland

Estimate: £1,300 - 1,800

The Christmas Auction - Lot 46, Edward Hopley, My Footprints, Gulf of Finland

Giclée archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper
94 x 70 cm.
Created in 2010 and printed in 2019
This work is number 1 from an edition of 8 plus one artist’s proof and is sold with a certificate of authenticity from the artist.

My Footprints, Gulf of Finland was created during arctic conditions onboard a ferry carving a passage through the ice-laden waters between Helsinki and Tallinn.

This photograph has a common message for us all, and also has personal significance for the artist. Edward Hopley took this photograph on a journey to make new work after the untimely death of his mother.

"My footprints in the snow covering the deck are proof of my presence on the journey, yet equally they allude to absence, my mind clearly being elsewhere. Returning to this image almost ten years later to produce the print edition, it takes on a new significance relevant to us all and which places it perfectly within my environmentally driven oeuvre, that being the carbon footprint such journeys create, particularly those made by commercial shipping and aviation, that we are now so keenly aware of and urgently have to take action to mitigate."

Throughout the body of Edward’s work he regularly returns to the themes of absence and presence and the traces that people leave behind.


Photography at Bournemouth, the State University of New York and Manchester Metropolitan University’s Faculty of Art and Design. 

Awards: Gold and Bronze Medals in the Royal Photographic Society’s International Print Awards, 2001 and 2003. Finalist in the Photography Open Salon, Arles 2012. Finalist in the FMoPA International Photography Competition, 2012. 

Selected Group exhibitions: Open Salon, Galerie Huit, during Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles 2012. Photo Art Fair, London 2013. Royal Photographic Society 159th International Print Exhibition 2016/17.  The Gravity of Form, Beers London, 2013. Panter and Hall, London art Fair, 2015


The Christmas Auction - Lot 46, Edward Hopley, My Footprints, Gulf of Finland

07 Dec Dec 07

Menier Gallery, London SE1 1RU