Artists: Paul Medley
My work has recently involved investigations into the photographic possibilities of flowers and other growing organisms that have reached a state of decay where they would normally no longer be considered ‘beautiful’. By photographing these objects in ways that are outside the conventional it is hoped to show the visual life and energy that remains after they have been discarded from the living room vase.I am also working on a set of portraits in which the sitter is requested to bring to the studio an object of personal value. The explanation was to consider something that one would ‘metaphorically’ want to save from a burning house. The intention here is to re-enter the field of the photographic portrait by asking the sitter to interact with this object in some way rather than with the camera. This is an ongoing project and I would love to hear from anyone interested in taking part.
After rather too many years in education I now work as a free-lance photographer and graphic designer dividing my time between commissioned work and my own projects. Recent photographic work is on display in the new Cancer wing of the Churchill hospital and in a number of books on aspects of Oxford published by Oxface Publications. I also submit regular reviews and photographs on jazz and contemporary music to the Oxford Times. Jazz photographs have also been published in national magazines and used in the Rotovision book "Succeed in Portrait Photography".