The human form has always been a source of inspiration for artists. The nude generates an infinite range of emotional and creative responses informed by the experiences of the artist, the model and the viewer and the context in which the viewing takes place. I see the nude as a source of visual material using building blocks of form, texture and tone, often with the advantage of a studio environment where the tools of lighting, props, background and pose enable me to have complete control over the structure of the image. I am not concerned with the personality of the model and I rarely include faces as these are not intended to be portraits. However, models are people and the interaction between the model and the photographer has an inevitable effect on the images.
The nudes were made on Ilford film using a variety of formats from 5 x 4 in. to 35mm as I felt appropriate.
All prints are hand made to order as digital inkjet prints on top quality archival art paper.
Informed debate is welcome.
The first question everyone asks about my landscapes is "Where was that taken?". This is understandable as the primary reaction to a landscape is that of a sense of place,. However, it is not particularly important to me even though each print evokes a memory of a situation, weather, quality of light, sounds and smells, and sometimes companions. The most important thing is the print itself, the landscape being a source of material which, by application of my craft, I use to produce a work of art - the PRINT. It is the print that is the final expression of my vision, my aesthetic judgement and my craft. The landscape provides the tones, forms colours and textures that I interpret in the print. It is unavoidable (indeed, why avoid it?) that my upbringing and character influence and inform my choice of subject but this, of course, is what separates one artist from another and contributes to an individual style. Incidentally, I have a problem with the word "taken". It implies simply pointing a camera and clicking and has connotations of theft!. I far prefer to say that I make my images as this is a much better reflection of the extensive thought processes and physical activity that goes into each of them. All my current work is made digitally.
The UK landscapes in the Archive Gallery were all made on 5 x 4 Ilford film and the prints are made on Ilford paper and archivally processed.