ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES
I was born in 1957. I went to school. I spent almost 20 years scuffling around at the edges of the music business, touring Britain and Europe as a sound engineer and making two records as singer, saxophonist and lyricist with obscure improvisatory groups. I have worked as a muralist, a gardener, a machine minder in a plastics factory, a hospital domestic, a van driver, a University tutor. I hold a Ph.D. in English Literature. I have one daughter.
I first studied photography in Weymouth in about 1978. It has always been a pure space for me, nothing to do with Shakespeare or getting a good bass-drum sound. I take slides, since photographs are a record of light, (not of objects), and slides preserve this light. The slides were scanned into a computer and printed. I use natural light and a 50 millimetre lens as a matter of course, for simplicity and fidelity, and I generally avoid cropping or otherwise interfering with the photographic image. I find myself engaged by the discarded and the unconsidered, by architectural details and by natural forms.
It is frequently asserted by the ignorant that 'the camera never lies'. In fact it would be nearer the truth to say that the camera ALWAYS lies, since it always takes a specific position with regard to the objects it records, and records each time only one specific moment from a continuum. There is nothing unique about this, the human consciousness itself could be said to do the same, but it is worth bearing in mind. Photography should make no pretence of objectivity; indeed, it should try to 'get inside' the surfaces it takes its reflected light from, in to some impossible, illusory essence.