Conwy (man & dogs)

A 'Thank You' card I recently received - how lovely!

Magenta Diffusion I (rear brake light, Honda Executive Tourer #thepowerofdreams)

Magenta Diffusion II (rear brake light, Honda Executive Tourer #thepowerofdreams)

As I moved in closer and closer with my phone (camera) I came to a point where the lens of my camera actually touched the lens of the brake lights. Contact had been made and a new magical world opened up as light and colour flowed, bled and fused into one - the subject distilled into a form of chromatography you might say.

I have in the past, been persuaded not to reveal the mundane subject matter and unsophisticated means of capture for fear of dumbing down these images. I understand the reasoning behind this - people often want to create mystique and an air of exclusivity, it is seductive sales talk, but I prefer a more candid approach. Also, I feel it is missing the point here, and in my work as a whole - I love finding beauty and intrigue in the mundane and ordinary! And bearing in mind the surreal quality of these images, borrowing the Honda strapline ‘The Power of Dreams’, tagging it, and the idea that the marketing people at Honda have elevated the status of an estate car to an ‘Executive Tourer’ is all part of the concept and more than enough PR spin!

I know and understand the best traditions of photography, I was splashing around in the darkroom 40 years ago. Commercially and artistically I have worked on all formats from 35mm to 10x8, I still occasionally shoot on film, but primarily I enjoy the refinement and immediacy of digital imaging - and here, using a camera phone, a new area of creativity has opened up for me. I don’t feel the need to fudge or obscure the derivation and technique.

When Hockney started sketching on his i-pad, no one said “That’s lovely David, but would you mind setting up your easel and doing it again.” I’m not suggesting I am creating work of such stature, but you get my point.

At the end of the day, the prints, on lovely fine art paper, are an immaculate inky diffusion of space, light, colour and time. An abstract distillation and transformation of the subject on to a beautiful two dimensional substrate, and we can’t ask for anything more than that can we.

Corporation Street in the Rain

Spring equinox looking east from Lowestoft Ness, the most easterly point of mainland UK. From my 'Cardinal Points' project.

Gyrograph #0006

Trams passing Bridgewater Hall in Manchester city centre

Sculptural pieces from that well known commercial property board game

Morecambe Bay from Bardsea

Conwy (man & dogs)

Taj Mahal

Winter Fence

Cloud I

Winter solstice, looking south from Lizard Point, the most southerly point of mainland UK. From my 'Cardinal Points' project.

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