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Artist's Statement

This has really been a journey of discovery both in terms of style and subject matter. I now see the natural world with different eyes, always searching for shapes, patterns, textures, colours and hues that are not observable from a distance. Moreover, I have found these to make exquisite fine art images which are often totally abstract in nature.

The giclée prints have an impressionistic look and feel with only small parts in focus. Viewed up close, much of the image is unrecognisable and it is only when observed at some distance does the subject take form. Indeed, many of the images remain purely abstract, leaving the viewer to contemplate their origins. Different images often start to emerge giving them greater depth and meaning. It is the subtle rendition of the out-of-focus parts of the image that gives them their special quality and I gain the most satisfaction from creating such images from seemingly uninteresting and commonplace subjects that have been passed by many times before. The more I find, the more I realise that this search has only just begun.


Equipment & Materials

Except for the landscapes, all of the images are taken on 35mm cameras with the resulting transparency being only 36mm x 24mm. These are then scanned inhouse and blown up many times to give the larger images. I print these on my own high quality giclée printer on the finest quality watercolour paper using archival pigment inks. Giclée is French for "to spray". In short, it is a process where a fine stream of ink is sprayed onto archival fine art paper. The effect is similar to an air brush technique, but much finer.

The only filter used occasionally is a grey-grad for landscape work. All the colours and contrast you see are for real as I try to capture the natural beauty I have found.

Image manipulation

Transparencies are scanned so as to faithfully reproduce the colours in the original as accurately as possible. Some retouching and/or cropping may be required but this is kept to a minimum. Occasionally, an image's colour balance may be changed if the result is pleasing but this information always accompanies the image.