Tristan is a photographer and lecturer with an academic background in Ecology and Biological Photography. His commercial practice of 17 years has spanned from industrial commisions through to architecture and photography of the built environment. Recently his commercial practice is focussed on advertising commisions and the development of new techniques of experiential content creation and creative direction.
His research based practice explores the physicality of landscapes, the legacy left, both as physical and cultural scars, that shape our behaviours, national identity and politics.
Tristan uses social documentary and public participation in combination with his own meditations on current events to create work about our present time.
Qualifications and memberships
MSc Biological Photography and Imaging
BSc Ecology and Environmental Biology
Redeye: The Photography Network
SEPN (Socially Engaged Photographers Network)
Academic and research interests
Research led practice into Landscape, identity and perceptions using photography, social documentary and public participation.
2020 Masked: A Portrait of Amazon. 5 photographs held in the Picturing Lockdown Collection, Historic England Archive. (https://historicengland.org.uk/images-books/photos/volume/HEC01/036/02/09)
2020 Featured in Then There Was Us, Issue 1.
2019 Featured in 'Identity' Loupe, Issue 10.
Evans Vettori - A Sense of Place (Edited By Hugh Pearman) (2020)
The Invisible In-Between: Foreword No Way Back. Carr.G. Self published. (2019)
Harmonious Society Catalogue. Asia Triennial Manchester, Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art. (2014) ISBN 978-0-9576332-3-0
2021 The Invisible In-Between: An Englishman's Search For The Irish Border and Masked: A Portrait of Amazon. Street View (Digital Display), Belfast Exposed Gallery, Belfast. (www.belfastexposed.org/exhibitions/street-view-tristan-poyser)
2020 A Time of Uncertainty - Solo Exhibition - Art Link, Fort Dunree, Republic of Ireland
2019 The Invisible In-Between: An Englishman's Search For The Irish Border. - Solo Exhibition - Hull International Photography Festival, Hull.
2019 The Invisible In-Between: An Englishman's Search For The Irish Border. Artists Intervention Van Projection, London.
2019 The Invisible In-Between: An Englishman's Search For The Irish Border.Artists Intervention Van Projection & Satellite, Look Photo Biennial, Liverpool.
2019 The Invisible In-Between: An Englishman's Search For The Irish Border. East Meets West, FORMAT Festival, Derby.
2019 The Invisible In-Between: Public Participation. - Solo Exhibition - Derby Photo Fringe, Derby.
2019 The Invisible In-Between: An Englishman's Search For The Irish Border. RBSA Photography Exhibition, Argentia Gallery, Birmingham.
2018 Duality - Solo Exhibition - The Sharp Project, Manchester. (A collaborative work with Simon Bray)
2017 Duality - Second Skin, Strand Collective, Hull International Photography Festival, Hull.
2017 Automation. Look International Photography Festival, Liverpool.
2017 Automation. Digital Display, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool.
2016 Duality - Second Skin, Strand Collective, Photo Fringe, Brighton.
2015 In Evidence FORMAT Photoforum, FORMAT Festival, Derby.
Funding & Awards
2019 Futures Artist, Belfast Exposed Gallery, Belfast. (www.belfastexposed.org/futures)
2019 Short Term Artist Residency, The Photographers' Gallery, Dublin.
2019 RBSA Photographic Prize.
2017 Spectrum Photographic / Redeye Print Bursary.
2016 ACE, Grants For the Arts, as part of Strand Collective, Second Skin.
2016 Lightbox 2016: Redeye Career Development Bursary.
Recent external roles
Board member of Redeye: The Photographers Network, an Arts Council England Sector Support Organisation.
Lay assessor for the RIBA Awards.