Emily Allchurch is an artist who uses photography and digital collage to reconstruct Old Master paintings and prints to create contemporary narratives. Her starting point is an intensive encounter with a city or place, to absorb an impression and gather a huge image library. From this resource, hundreds of photographs are selected and meticulously spliced together to create a seamless new ‘fictional’ space. Each artwork re-presents this journey, compressed into a single scene. The resulting photographic collages have a resonance with place, history and culture, and deal with the passage of time and the changes to a landscape, fusing contemporary life with a sense of history. Her solo exhibition, Visions of Architectural Fancy, runs until August 26 2018 at the Sir John Soane Museum in London. Emily spoke for AHiS at a workshop day on the occasion of her exhibition at the Sir John Soane Museum.