My Photographs

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Landscapes – a particular type of fiction

This exhibition of photographs to be shown on the Spires & Steeples Arts & Heritage Trail, Lincolnshire, is part of three touring exhibitions of my photographic work.

September 18th – October 24th 2016
In the churchyards of:
All Saints, Branston. All Saints, Nocton. St Peter’s, Dunston.
St Oswald’s, Blankney. Holy Cross, Scopwick & St Clement’s, Rowston.

Each location will display a different single large image measuring ten feet by eight feet. The hope is that visitors will visit each site to see the collection in its entirety.

Here are two of the photographs.

landscapes1

landscapes2

I made these photographs using glass plates exposed in a Thornton Pickard ‘Imperial’ half-plate bellows camera with a 47/8 120mm lens. The images were made between 1982 & 1984. I found the camera in a second-hand shop; there were dark slides but no film of any sort. By chance he discovered some unexposed boxes of Ilford Tri-colour plates in a cupboard in Hull School of Art & Design. After much experimentation I found I could use each plate separately and was able to control exposures to create these images.

These very large images (magnificently printed by Rob Hodgson at Double Red) try to capture the volume and sense of space in the locations in which they were made. In some ways, though very different in content, they make reference to the beauty and mystery in Atget’s work (the pioneering French photographer 1857-1927). The acuity of the lens and the capture of the passage of time in a still frame offer a particular way of seeing. But of course what we see in these large photographs is not what is, or was there, but a fiction, an imagination of passing time and place. Beyond that – to me they are beautiful – I hope you agree.

All work is for sale. Editions of the work are available in bespoke sizes and prices on application. Free entry.

 

Snaps

This exhibition of photographs to be shown in Lincoln and Hull is another part of the three touring exhibitions of my photographic work.

Snaps -100 selected documentary photographs made between 1965 and 2016

Sam Scorer gallery, 5 Drury Lane, Lincoln, LN1 3BN:
Tuesday 27.09.16 – Saturday 08.10.16. Daily: 10.00 – 16.00

Hull School of Art & Design, Queens Gardens, Hull, HU5 3DG:
Friday 14.10.16 – Friday 04.11.16. Weekdays only: 09.00 – 18.00

I discovered Henri Cartier Bresson when I was 17 and started taking photographs soon after – it took me some time to start making them; when I did it was Bresson who was my first influence. Thereafter I’ve tried to find my own way but have found inspiration in the work of Bruce Davidson, Eugene Atget, Joel Meyerowitz, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Aaron Siskind, Andre Kertesz, Elliot Erwitt, Lee Friedlander, Peter Nelson, and the incomparable Tony Ray-Jones (to name but a few!).

Why ‘Snaps’? The OED variously defines ‘snap’ thus: a quick or sudden closing of the jaws or teeth (shutter) in biting … something worth securing or getting hold of; an odd chance; a good place or job … a scrap fragment or morsel … to utter sharp, tart, or cutting words … to make a quick and eager catch at a thing … to take instantaneous photographs … I could go on, but maybe these snaps are some of my decisive moments?

Here are two of the ‘snaps’.

snaps1

snaps2

All work is framed and for sale.

Free entry

 

There’s Nothing There

This exhibition of photographs to be shown in Gainsborough and Hull and is another part of the three touring exhibitions of my photographic work.

x-church, Ashcroft Road, Gainsborough, DN21 1BY:
Saturday 17.09.16 – Friday 08.10.16. Everyday except Sunday: 10.00-14.30

Hull School of Art & Design, Queens Gardens, Hull, HU5 3DG:
Friday 14.10.16 – Friday 04.11.16. Weekdays only: 09.00 – 18.00

These monochrome photographs might be described as ‘Photography as archaeology’. They were made over a period of three years (1989-1992) on what had once been the largest railways siding in England – Priory Yard, Hull.

In 1989 the land where I made these images was described to me as being ‘empty’ – there being nothing there. Nothing is empty. All one has to do is to look. What is revealed in these photographs is ephemeral, sometimes haunting and shows the capacity of nature to overwhelm the detritus of our passing.

Here are two of the photographs.

nothing-there-1

nothing-there-2

Today, the site is occupied by a park and ride car park, car showrooms, and a supermarket.

All work is framed and for sale – prices on application.

Free entry.

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