I am very pleased to announce I have a solo exhibition called Rearranging Reality at Argentea Gallery, 28 St. Paul’s Square, Birmingham, B3 1RB
It runs from 21st September – 21st October 2017
There will be images from my series Cabinet of Curiosity, Fantasy Islands and Out of the Obscure.
The Deception of Turnips is a new image in my ongoing series The Paranoia of Fruit and Vegetables. It was shot on 4″x 5″ Fuji Velvia film in a single exposure on a Sinar P2 camera.
First of all I constructed the set and painted it with ultramarine pure artists pigment. It gives an intense and super saturated colour and as it is matt it takes the light perfectly. I made an overall under exposed exposure with an overhead studio flash and then used fibre optics to paint the set with light in a painterly manner. You have to leave the shutter open and paint with light in total darkness in the studio and once you have tried it a few times you become used to the technique. I have been using this technique on some of my images for over 20 years if I feel it is needed to enhance a particular image.
I was inspired by 17th century Dutch and Spanish still life painting because I loved the way these painters used light to add magic in their work. Much of my still-life lighting technique has been inspired by these artists. The three flies were added after the image was shot in Photoshop because of the difficulty in training real flies to sit still for long exposures.
I’m so pleased to share this – a Showcase Portfolio of my images is in the latest Shadow and Light Magazine. The theme is Compography which I think is an excellent word coined by Tim Anderson, the Editor. It rolls off the tongue and at last I will have an answer when people ask me what I do – I shall say I’m a Compographer.
Here is an extract from the article in Shadow and Light:
I think most photographers paint with light in one way or another. I always wanted to be a painter but my drawing was terrible,which is why I switched to photography – it did the drawing for me. If I can make a photograph by setting it up for real, by arranging the objects in a set or on location, I will because it tends to sit better that way. Often I will physically paint the backgrounds and sets or even the objects themselves. If I can’t shoot it all in one go, I will do anything to make it happen especially using Photoshop which I have been learning for over 20 years. I often assemble a collection of such items and then experiment to find the perfect juxtaposition of composition, form and colours – what I think of as playtime.
Here are a few of the images in the Shadow and Light magazine showcase
I’m incredibly pleased to share the news that I have been awarded a Gold in the Fine Art Portfolio Category in the Tokyo International Foto Awards 2016 for my Cabinet of Curiosity series. The exhibition will take place in Tokyo at the end of February from 24th-28th, 2017.
I would like to thank the Judges and Organisers for giving me this opportunity to show my work in Japan.
I’m very pleased to be taking part in an exhibition called “A Cartography of Dreams” at Dimbola Museum and Galleries on The Isle of Wight, the former home of the influential Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. The exhibition runs from October 14th, 2016 to January 1st, 2017. It was produced by Maxine Watts of Reclaim Photography Festival.
The exhibition is in the Olympus Gallery at Dimbola and here are a few photos I took of the show.
A huge thank you to Maxine Watts of Reclaim Photography Festival and Dr Rachel Tait, Curator at Dimbola.