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Beata Bartkevicha Photographer

What happens when we become accustomed to seeing the same scenes every day of our lives?



Beata Bartkevicha is a photographer whose images are a meditation on the immediate surroundings and the daily activity that takes place within them. Her work smoothes the boundary between the inside and the outside world, often merging one into the other. Born in Riga, but now living in Bristol, Beata is currently studying photography at the University of the West of England

Project Description

Beata is creating an interactive work that installs large-scale frames at key sites to create ‘live’ photographs of iconic Temple Quarter scenes. With accompanying historical tales, the sculptures invite the viewer to re-imagine Temple Quarter’s present and future, inspired by its rich past – from rat-catchers and marsh people to lost shot towers and port walls.

The frames are installed on the Island Site on Redcliffe Way and on the St Philips Greenway and you can use the frames to take your own photograph. Email any photographs to, where they will be displayed as part of an on-going live gallery called Framing the Zone, which can be found here.

” In their words… “

The project “Framing the Zone” is an interactive body of work, which invites visitors of the city and its residents explore the area. The project comprises of two components: sculptures, which will be installed within the Temple Quarter area, and an online platform.

The exhibited sculptures are created as large format frames, which en-frame part of the natural setting creating a real life “live” photograph of the scenery. The public is invited to engage with these frames by taking their own pictures and so express their own personal interpretation of the frame or explore further the surrounding areas and find more interesting sites within The Zone, photograph them and upload their imagery to a public website.

As Bristol Temple Quarter is undergoing the process of the development, inevitably the topographic landscape of the area, as it is seen today, won’t look the same in future – likewise it was very different in the past.  The project depicts the ever-changing nature of the city by en-framing continual fluidity of the viewed scenes and virtually brings together the present and past of the area and its residents. Each frame is accompanied with a historical narrative, which aim to provoke the imaginative picture about the past days of the each site.

Temple Quarter has a rich and remarkable history, which remains largely unrecognized. During the progression of the project I became more interested to highlight the historical aspects of the zone, aspiring to encourage the public’s interest in the local history.   During the initial visits to the area in search of locations, I found that the sense of the past is intensely evident in the area. The final choice of locations for the installation of the “live” photographs provide views that embrace old ruins, abandoned buildings and past urban facilities coalescing with elements of the contemporary landscape, creating a very organic blend between the past and present.

The project is created in the collaboration with the metal welding artist Georgina Rose Shire and in consultation with historian Mark Steeds.