About This Piece
This is a group of children playing in the shallows at St Annes Beach, Lancashire, U.K
My photographs represent a collaboration of ideas in the camera and the computer, utilising photographic and digital techniques.
My images are rarely staged, they may be photographically manipulated for example photographing the subject out of focus, or digitally manipulated, by layering images or textures together for a conceptual purpose.
However the images were found, as represented in the viewfinder of the camera at that moment in time.
The nostalgic or painterly style, which is created by layering photographs of found textures such as close-ups of stone walls, brush strokes on canvas or scratches on photographic film.
To layer a brushstroke, grainy or scratchy image on top of a pristine photograph, degrading the image and breaking fundamental photographic rules is important in my work as an artist, to communicate the medium in an alternative way, to provoke memory in the viewer by offering nostalgic references in the brushstroke or scratch, paying homage to painter's like Turner and Constable and Giacometti.
Ultimately, I strive to create a cohesive body of work which encompasses a broad range of styles, from the large depth of field (sharp focus) scenes in Cityscapes and Landscapes, to the shallow depth of field (out of focus) in the abstract images, shot in silhouette, where the textural layers take on a more prominent role.
The Printing and Finishing process is the final stage of my work, which employs the latest Archival Pigment, Inkjet technology. The images are printed on 315 gsm Smooth Fine Art, Cotton Rag Watercolour paper and coated with U.V Varnish in Limited Editions of 25.
I have taught Photoshop I & II and Digital Imaging in private tuition and at The New School University in New York, 2000-2002.