“Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph” - Andre Kertesz
This is a sentiment I feel strongly about and one I have tried to communicate through my own photography.
The work is drawn from personal experiences and the images themselves are about thoughts, emotions and feelings revealed in the form of peacefulness and tranquillity as well as energy and passion. I am genuinely connected to what I photograph and each of my images is an intimate reflection of myself.
Over the years my photography has involved many diverse projects from fragmentary images taken at old disused industrial sites to the delicate folds of bed sheets and from quiet corners within small domestic spaces to grand illuminated family portraits. Memory and nostalgic connections have also been key elements in these works which have continued into my recent series, Envisions, whereby I have been photographing paintings as a means of mixing past and present.
About the work ‘Envisions’
This sequence is composed by taking photographs of old portrait paintings in an unconventional way, thus challenging the normal expectations of portrait photography. Surrounding reflections and light sources are included in these images, which at once both reveal and obscure certain parts of the painting, creating not only anonymity and mystery, but in some cases raising uncertainties as to the reality of the final scene.
All these anomalies create an interesting link between the painting, the person portrayed, and the final photographic portrait, by generating a modern record of a moment in the life of the historic artwork.
The images are taken without the use of tripod or flash and are purely the result of what I envisaged on the day.