Davies’ work is concerned with stories and personal histories, the tales and myths we use to structure our lives: memories, life-stories, beliefs and identity while also referencing popular culture, such as cinema and television. She takes inspiration from classical, Old Masters such as Constable, Delaroche and from modern painting, cinema and theatre as well as the imaginary worlds of literature. She employs a deliberate reworking of our visual vocabulary, playing on our notions of nostalgia, visual conventions and subconscious ‘looking habits’, with the intention of evoking a sense of recognition, narrative and movement. Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery in London, has described Davies’ work as “brilliantly imaginative”.
Lottie Davies has enjoyed success with numerous awards such as the Association of Photographers’ Awards, the International Color Awards, and the Schweppes Photographic Portrait Awards. In 2012 her collaboration on 'Dreams of Your Life' with Hide & Seek/Film 4.0 was BAFTA-nominated.
Specific images have garnered international acclaim. Her image Quints, 2008 won First Prize at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Awards 2008 at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Her image Viola As Twins, 2008 won the Photographic Art Award, Arte Laguna Prize in Venice in 2011. Work from her Memories and Nightmares series won The Young Masters Art Prize 2012, London. In 2013 Davies won the Kontinent Fine Art Photographer of the Year 2013.
September 2013 work from her Memories and Nightmares series were exhibited as part of a group show at the Dong Gang International Photo Festival at the Dong Gang Museum, in South Korea, curated by Louise Clements and Joanne Yang, titled ‘The Constructed View: UK Photography Now’.