As a photographer I use my studio for specific portrait series, some product shots and in particular for close-up still life work that moves into the abstract. I am interested in the relationship between our expectations of photography and our perceptions of the ‘real’ world. Although the dictum that ‘the camera never lies’ is clearly misguided, there is nevertheless an expectation that a photograph is a recognisable element in a known world. Abstraction is thus unexpected. The observer always wants to be able to answer the question ‘What is this?’ (meaning ‘What has the camera been pointed at?’).
Although some degree of alteration is inevitable when moving from the digital file or negative captured by the camera and the final print, I am disinterested, as an art photographer, in the digital darkroom as a primary tool for the creation of an image.
Outside the studio I create landscape series and am presently working on a set of narrative images based on mythological stories.