James Goodchild

James Goodchild


After initially studying history as an undergraduate I discovered photography whilst travelling around Europe, leading me to obtain both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in the medium.  After teaching for ten years I have recently embarked upon a practice-led PhD to develop my photographic practice and research further.

A Flâneur with a keen interest in phenomenology, and psychogeography I immerse myself in my surroundings, whether it be the streets of Paris or the mountains of Wales. I possess an unfaltering curiosity, searching for what can never be found, observing the people and details around me, capturing images that contain surrealist undertones to articulate emotion in the viewer.  

Research interests

My practice-led research is based around hiraeth, a Welsh word that describes a sorrowful separation from a homeland.


  • MFA Photography, Manchester School of Art
  • MA Photography, Manchester School of Art
  • PCGE, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Higher National Diploma Photography, Mid-Cheshire College