Contemporary

The word ‘Contemporary’ when applied to photography is an imprecise term that will mean different things to different photographers.

For me it is simply a useful ‘hook’ on which to hang a set of galleries of images that I have chanced upon in the everyday material world. 

Many of these might best be described as ‘observational’. Some document the Art of others that brightens our paths, streets, walls, and buildings. Some capture the unusual, the quirky, the simply eye catching oddity that I find ‘in passing’. I find fascination in buildings, seeking out images that have bold lines, design or shape. My choice of lens – often wide angle– endeavours to exploit these characteristics. And then there is the occasional human element: without which there would be no image.

In short, what you see here in these galleries is a pot-pourri of what can result if one tries always to carry a camera – because you never know what is around that next corner.

 

Street Art

Murals, wall paintings, sculpture and wood carvings all add colour, interest, and diversity to our environment. They become talking points. Much of this work is undervalued, under-appreciated, and ignored. It is often high quality work by anonymous talented Artists who deserve wider recognition: and their work a broader audience.

 

In Passing

I believe that one of the joys of being a photographer is that it makes me more aware of my surroundings.  And if that keen observational eye is alert then I will, unexpectedly, find something worth capturing.  And that is why I try to carry a camera (preferably a compact) in my pocket – just for those unexpected moments.

 

The Material World

The vast majority of buildings seem to lack individuality, design or inate class.  Few stand out from the boringly ordinary. Thankfully some do: they have instant appeal; they are a delight to the eye. In many of these cases, but not always, it is the presence of glass – reflecting or transmitting light – that is a critical element.

 

The Human Element

I rarely include people in my images, because as a photographer who concentrates primarily on the natural world, more often than not people can be an intrusive distraction. But there are circumstances, usually chanced upon rather than sought out, when their presence (or even a suggestion of their presence), becomes or completes the picture.