“I found I could say things by photographing tiny lichen living in the hostile landscape of flint, that I wouldn’t ordinarily be able to express.”
Jan was born in Sussex and spent her first eight years being led about over the Downs by her father, who had a strong interest in natural history. Later she became interested in natural environments both modern and palaeo, whilst undertaking an environmental sciences degree that focused on geology and biology. Her work is informed by the natural environment and the intrinsic beauty present in natural forms. Her main interests include lichens, mosses and ferns and their environments and habitats. These plants are more ancient and primitive than flowers and trees and they use spores to reproduce rather than seeds. Lichens grow almost everywhere in a range of sometimes extreme environments; mosses and ferns prefer damp, shady places.
- Royal Horticultural Society 2007 Silver Medal for Botanical photographs
- Royal Horticultural Society 2009 Silver Gilt Medal for Botanical photographs
- Royal Horticultural Society 2010 Silver Medal for Seeds and Seed Carriers
- Royal Horticultural Society 2012 Silver Medal for Botanical photographs
- Royal Horticultural Society 2014 Gold Medal for Lichens
- Royal Horticultural Society 2015 Gold Medal for Lichens
- British Lichen Society Photographic Competition 2015. Winner in Abstract category.