I have a deep knowledge and experience of photography from many years as a professional from aerial, fashion, television, film and theatre. My practice can be described as multi media and includes painting, typography, printmaking, furniture design, interior design, sculpture and ceramics. Photography to me is a means or a tool to an end of careful thinking to realise my ideas.
There are many influences to my approach to photography, but the artist and Surrealist Rene Magritte I particularly like for his vision and psychological interpretations of this Movement. Another great influence on me since I began, is the artist and photographer Laszo Moholy Nagy. From him I learned not so much what he did, but why? I learned that anything is possible in art, and it just requires a strong sense of curiosity and wide-ranging knowledge and practical application. Throughout my career, I have become proficient and innovative in the fields of photography, typography, sculpture, painting, printmaking, and industrial design.
My gallery work on HVA is a snapshot of work from wide range of subjects and media, and consists of digitally scanned films as well as from digital DSLR cameras. My current interests are varied but include the creation of imagery by the juxtaposition of randomised objects to form unlikely partnerships. I do not see the point to interfere with manipulating images in post-production software. In addition I have imagined being an outer space photographer. To this end I have been experimenting and exploring fleeting moments during the continuous dynamic processes of combining a wide variety of coloured chemicals in motion. These I capture over a specially adapted lightbox, in affect I am painting without a substrate.
My aim is always to make pleasing images that engage the viewer, and so I often embrace ambiguity and irony. Objects, events and processes can be performed for the camera lens and then composited. To this end I have a workshop and studio to enable me to do all of this as photographic outcomes. Two of the many themes I have been exploring are Surrealism (The Erotics of Encounter, authored by Mary Ann Caws) and the Uncanny where tension is created by deliberately bending and sliding imagery of reality away from their perceived contexts. I see these as being quite different approaches but surprisingly commonly confused.
I have a Master of Arts, “Combining Photography with Painting.” I am a Fellow of the British Institute of Professional Photography and hold a Certificate of Education. I have been a guest lecturer at the Universities of Anglia and Ruskin, and full-time for 25 years formally at the University of Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire.
Preceding my education career I have 20 years professional employment includes full-time Design Photographer at the BBC,White City, London, photographic supervisor forTV2, South Pacific Television, Christchurch, New Zealand, a Fashion and Advertising Photographer at Will Kholen Studios, Perth,Western Australia, and an In-house photographer, for documentary, industrial and aerial work.
I have refereed publications that includes: “Fellowship: Cromalin Paintings” The Photographer, “ExpressYourself,” British Journal of Photography. I also currently have an academic ebook published by Grin.com.
I have had a number of public exhibitions from 1983 to 2014. These include more recently a solo exhibition of new work at the ‘Pop-Up Gallery’, St Albans, Herts. UK., a solo exhibition entitled “Unlikely Partnerships” at the ‘Loft Gallery’, St.Albans, Hertfordshire. Previously I was invited to host a solo sponsored exhibition, “Cromalin Paintings,” at the Savoy Hotel, London. Following this I was invited to host and co-sponsored (DuPont Ltd. and University of Hertfordshire) exhibition entitled “Cromalin Paintings,” and was held at the Smith’s Gallery, Covent Garden, London. Before that I was selected to share a Nationally commissioned photographic exhibition jointly sponsored by The St. Albans College of Art and Design and Kodak Ltd. entitled, “Architecture and Conservation in Hertfordshire.”