"Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst." — Henri Cartier-Bresson
W E L C O M E T O M Y W E B S I T E
"Recognise that you are the truth"
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The images in these collections reflect my interests as a photographer and artist: countries, landscapes, cities and people. What they share, apart from the love I have for the subjects, is that they're all composites of multiple photographic files in the same frame.
I use this technique to create multi-faceted street scenes and panoramic landscapes, and — uniquely — to create portraits and tell stories in which the subject can appear multiple times. Enjoy.
A L L E G O R I E S C O L L E C T I O N
- A S T O R Y I N A F R A M E
Movement adds meaning. In ‘Western’ art and photography each moment in time traditionally appears in a single frame. Still, I've long been fascinated by artworks in which characters appear more than once, to tell a story. A favourite of mine is ‘The Tribute Money,' a fresco by Masaccio, which recounts a story about Christ and Saint Peter.
Sometimes you may need to know the larger story to appreciate the image, as in the case of Peter. But in most of my work, the narrative will typically illustrate a relationship, perhaps between mother and child, a small boy break-dancing for his mother, or an event, like a street scene or a fishing expedition.
Or it may add depth to a portrait through varying perspectives, contexts and points of view.
F R A G M E N T S C O L L E C T I O N
These may seem simple French scenes at first glance, but a closer look says otherwise. They're all composites of multiple exposures shot from different viewpoints to capture the paraphernalia of the city and the lives of people going about their daily business. They reflect particular moments in time.
This collection was inspired by the Analytical Cubist paintings of Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. These artists drew on multiple perspectives to create images that feature snatched, multiple glimpses of everyday objects — a new way of thinking that ventured beyond illusionary spacial conventions and chiaroscuro that predominate in European painting after the Renaissance.
N O C T U R N E C O L L E C T I O N
The word "Nocturne" has long been associated with music as a dreamy, pensive composition for the piano but was frequently used by the American painter James McNeil Whistler as the title for his many night paintings.
Transitions between daylight and darkness fascinate me. At day’s end light changes rapidly, in my studio, a camera sits on a tripod waiting.
Vincent Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo, I think from Arles, “I often think that the night is more alive and richly coloured than the day.”
In Arles too, during the summer of 2015, I first discovered azure skies, long twilight hours and the freedom to photograph, unhurriedly the streets of this beautiful ancient city at night.
B L A C K & W H I T E C O L L E C T I O N
I was first introduced to black & white photography during my first year at university in the mid-sixties when black & white, analogue photography was still the norm.
My first camera was a Russian-made 'Zenith' 35mm SLR. I was intrigued by the technology but I was frustrated by the apparent lack of spontaneity and the difficulties of mastering what I saw as complex processes required to master black-and-white photography. My attitude caused me to decide that photography would not be an important part of my artistic practice, so I went on to be a painter.
Years later, I discovered that my painting skills would have an essential role in my photographic practice.
N O A I L L E S C O L L E C T I O N
- S T R E E T A R T
Street Art has come to define the character of the district of Noailles, Marseille, known as the ‘Creative District.’ Vibrant, narrow streets teem with owner-operated cafes, indigenous restaurants, organic food stores, boulangeries, artisan-owned and operated clothing stores of all kinds, galleries, craft shops, hairdressers, tattoo parlours, and book and record shops.
The district is home to many cultures, dense rental apartment-living youth, less affluent, racially diverse populations, and the presence of many religions and creeds.
F O R M A T I O N S C O L L E C T I O N
New Zealand is a tiny, sparsely populated island nation, seemingly isolated from the rest of the world by the vast Southern Pacific Ocean. Conceived as 100% Pure New Zealand, magnificent 'untouched' landscapes are a primary focus of artistic and photography activity; landscapes are fondly seen as empty of human presence.
Early activities grew from an awareness of European 'Plein Air' traditions, I sought iconic landscapes, not as the background to a narrative but as the genre itself. Confronted by vast landscapes I set out to incorporate all there was to see. This was perfectly normal as photography has a strong tradition of panoramic photography, devices of all kinds enabled photographers to control camera rotation later, and software was developed to enable separate photographs to be merged into convincing single photographs.
I M P R E S S I O N S C O L L E C T I O N
In Paris in 2015 walking on the banks of Canal Saint Martin, I came upon the lock keeper's house nestled amongst tall, spindly oak trees. Filtered light through the trees bathed the entire scene, the canal house, nearby apartments and the still, reflective canal waters with a wonderful dappled amber light - in that very moment I realised how this light became the small splotches of paint that came to be known as ‘Impressionnisme français.’
S N A P S H O T S C O L L E C T I O N
- T H E N A N D N O W
Street exists as a personal Collection of one-off photographs taken while working on other projects. Taken with a Sony A640 camera, Sony 18 - 135 3.5 lens or a Huawei Mate 10x mobile phone. No single project or theme is connected with these images, just photographs I like and admire.