Since I last posted I've been waist deep in illustrating and loving every minute! I've just created this new print about antidepressants that was inspired by an article I read in my favourite magazine,The Idler.
I'm pleased with the style and i was trying hard to create a strong metaphor for the nightmare of guzzling happy pills that don't seem to make you better and the alternative is to be thrown back into the misery. I'm going to be following up with some more in this style soon as I'm building a portfolio for the AOI at the moment. Hope you like it, let me know what you think.
The simple fact is that as much as I love photography, I've been missing drawing and creating illustrations. I trained as a visual artist at University, not just in photography but also in illustration and I wanted to see if I could come up with some cool prints. My first 3 are now on the site and I really like them, hope you do too. Let me know what you think and I'll crack on with creating some more because I just love making them!
I'm currently working on a new exciting project and getting ready to start selling in our "pop up gallery" also known as, a market stall! I'm really looking forward to being able to present my work, in the flesh, as it were, to the good people of York and beyond at their Shambles Market in North Yorkshire.
It's great showing my prints online but I love being able to show the real tangible artefact and to be able to meet customers and chat about the work. I'm very busy gearing up for that so please do watch this space for launch in a couple of weeks and I'll keep you posted with special offers for visiting the stall!
You can visit the online gallery at https://www.illumino.co.uk/collections
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I've been thinking about posting this for a while to talk about the current direction of my work and the ideas behind it. Simply put, it's about fragmenting forms and blurring them in order to represent the idea of unity.
At first it sounds contradictory but actually I think you can see anything with the idea that it is separate from everything else and isolated but I'm trying to show the opposite of that. I want to show people, objects or natural forms as part of a whole, as though they are connected to their surrounding environment and therefore unified with it.
So by fragmenting a subject, I'm blurring the lines between the form and it's environment and hopefully showing it to be less isolated. If we choose to see everything as separate then there's a danger of thinking, well that doesn't concern me, it's not connected to me so why bother. I think everything is part of a whole and so I'm enjoying exploring that idea which is closely related to the concept of Gestalt.
Here's some examples of recent work that follows this concept.
I've been working on a photo book project for a while now and the concept is a 'lovesong' to my home city of Leeds set in images rather than music.
The book is called LoveSong for a City because that's how it felt when bringing it all together, as though writing a song full of imagery for a great friend that I know and love. So I'm looking at it this way, this book could be the first song on the album of a great lost record, who knows?
I realised after a while that it could turn into a life's work quite quickly, documenting an ever changing city could easily become a never-ending project and also there are so many different aspects that you could focus on so in breaking it down into small 'songs' it doesn't become overwhelming and you can always write another song when feeling inspired!
Stylistically, the book has elements of abstraction, street photography and fine art photography, which were used to show the great humour and character of the place with it's unique noise, atmosphere and movement. I've tried to show what resonates and what catches the eye, but there's also a contrast between the vibrant and the peaceful.
I'd really like to turn the book into an exhibition somewhere and I'm working on that now so I'll keep you all posted.
In the meantime you can have a look at some of the shots from the book below. Wish me luck and please do let me know what you think by leaving comments below.
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