A cabinet of curiosities was an encyclopedic collection in Renaissance Europe of types of objects whose categorical boundaries were yet to be defined. They were also known by various names such as Cabinet of Wonder, and in German Kunstkammer ("art-room") or Wunderkammer ("wonder-room").
It was a place for Contemplation and
this portfolio represents a glimpse into my Internal Cabinet of Curiosity
The Archipelago of Fantasy Islands
The Archipelago of Fantasy Islands is part of an alternate history of photography as imagined by the fictional character Count Muldivo.Please see my web-site and Blog for more information.
Most of the islands were shot on 4"x5" Polaroid Type 55 film. Scanned and a few elements were added in Photoshop.
Black and Red
This series involves a project where I investigate the use of black and red as a theme. The images evolve from the starting point of choosing each particular red fruit.
Portraits, Likenesses and Inanimates
A series of images all loosely based on the conventional portrait sitting. Often the props in the images either belong to the sitter or convey thoughts and ideas about their personality.
My inspiration and influences range from Renaissance art to Dadaism and Surrealism, from Picasso to the flotsam and jetsam that I pick up on my walks by the sea near my home. Having experimented with a wide variety of media during my time at art school, I found that photography was the thing that most excited me. The immediacy and the rather hazy line that can be created between reality and the feeling of not being quite sure what is happening is what I find appealing.
My passion is for making images.Photography is the medium I work with. I really believe in understanding the technique so that it becomes transparent and the image shines through. The way I work is by assembling some objects or themes that fascinate me at the time. I then deliberately try not to be specific or to choose meanings to portray. I call this time my ‘playtime’: it’s a time I need to be alone with the image, and it’s the time when things begin to happen quite unconsciously.
I was born in the industrial city of Birmingham and moved to Devon when I went to study art at Dartington. I fell in love with the rural county and have lived here ever since.
I originally wanted to be a painter but I was terrible at drawing and luckily whilst I was at art school I was taught the basics of black and white photography. So photography did the drawing for me and I have never looked back.
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