MA in Photography
BA(Hons) in Fine Art, painting and photography
I bought my first camera from a second hand shop for 50p when I was about 7. Three and a half years, and many films later, I asked for an SLR for my eleventh birthday. I've amassed another ten cameras since then, allowing me to use digital, polaroid, medium format and 35mm.
Despite this early and continuing interest in photography, until 1998 my main sphere of artwork was figurative painting. Since then, however, I have concentrated on photography and film-making. I am an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, and a member of its Contemporary Group. For years, my photographs have been a celebration of the visual world, pointing out the details that I want others to enjoy. Looking at a body of this work, I can see that I have tended to abstract the small details, simplifying what I see to essential shapes and tones. Where people are present, they are anonymous, without faces, and usually overshadowed by their surroundings.
While I do still produce work of this type, I also now work in ways that combine my other art interests (painting, digital imagery and installation work) with photography. I am currently interested in liminality - what lies on the edge - and am exploring images of black objects against black backgrounds. I also have a passion for ice hockey, and this dominates much of my image-making on a weekly basis.