You may have guessed that I like abstract images, the real world is a cluttered and clamorous place and it is hard to find the simple forms that sit hidden in the confusion. I think of Zen gardens that have the art of distilling the essence of the natural world in a way that represents and emphasises the larger world in a simplified form. This is what I would like to do with my photography. So I am enjoying our current spell of snow for the rare chance it offers:
Snow has a couple of particular attractions – the way it gives everyday things an abstract quality, and the reduction in colour (I tend to avoid colour and quite like the desaturated world of winter). I like to see the structures in things, the bones of a plant particularly after it has finished with the exuberance of summer. Here are some examples.
just added a gallery of my 12 x 12 images that will shortly be exhibited as part of the Bristol Festival of Photography Exhibition in May. It has been an interesting exercise to review these images, and to go through a process of selection and sequencing for the exhibition – printing is next
This is the second year that I have had works accepted for the Royal West of England Academy’s Open Photography Exhibition. This year three of my images were selected for exhibition and were awarded the Bristol Festival of Photography Prize.
(update – to see the other selected images from the RWA 2011 exhibition – Huddle, Nemesis & Levels – see the 12 x 12 menu link)