Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Work Published in BJP 23/4/08

This week's issue of the British Journal of Photography, dated 23/4/08. contains some of my work. It's been entered into the Project Assistant Award, and can be found in the back two pages. It can also be viewed online:
http://www.bjp-online.com/public/showPage.html?page=790409
Please take a look, and let me know what you think of it. Further images from the project can be seen by clicking on the "We Aren't The Dead" sections in the left-hand column.
If you're viewing it after 30th April 2008, it will appear in the archive section:
http://www.bjp-online.com/public/showPage.html?page=437579
Thanks for taking the time to look at my work.

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Trees




Trees have always fascinatred me, and continue to do so. They always have a sense of majesty, wisdom, mystery and strength. I'm not a tree-hugger by any means, just respectful of the power and awe of mother nature.

Monday, 14 April 2008

New Landscapes









Landscape photography is such an established tradition that it almost has little new left to say as an artform. But there's nothing more inspiring than a scene of such natural beauty which compels us as onlookers to capture the image forever. It's a completely natural reaction which we've been doing for a very long time. We simply want to re-visit that time and place whenever we like.

We Aren't The Dead, continued






Tuesday, 8 April 2008

"We Aren't The Dead"























These images form part of an ongoing project which takes a look, from a social documentary/fine art viewpoint, of how and where the retired end up living.
My parents moved into their sheltered accommodation a few years ago. They were forced to leave their much-loved bungalow due to the increasing stress and torment caused to them by the local residents. They’re now much happier to be a part of a security-controlled, intercommed world. They feel safe and secure there. Some may find it’s austere bricked hallways prison-like, but not them.
My aunt’s husband passed away in January last year, after 44 years of marriage. The emotional impact has been life-changing. She now lives alone in her sheltered accommodation flat. She’s also safe and secure, but lonely too.
Far from being stereotypical stagnant pensioners, they’re active, surprisingly energetic people with social networks and busy family lives.
I aim to convey a compassionate, humanistic atmosphere within my images, whilst dodging the pitfalls of sentimentality and cliché. My work also attempts to transform usually mundane objects beyond their physical presence. I want to leave clues to peoples’ lives within my images, and give the viewer a glimpse into another world.