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Sheila McKinney's home is London, but for the past decade or so she has lived in Houston, Texas, St John's, Newfoundland and now Connel, Argyll and Bute, Scotland.

In Houston McKinney attended Glassell School of Art, where she developed her darkroom skills and a passion for black & white photography. The move to St John's added an iPhone to her camera collection and a new creative outlet. While in Canada she began to experiment with alternative photographic processes; pinhole, cyanotypes and lumens, which she continues to do in Scotland. McKinney currently divides her time between Connel and London, where she she is a member of and exhibits with Shutter Hub and London Alternative Photographic Collective.

A more recent focus has been on making solargraphs, simultaneously in various places, as well as lumens from flowers and weeds growing in both urban and rural enviroments.