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Artist Statement - October 2014

As a practitioner I describe myself as a multi-disciplinary photographic artist who specialises in a number of ‘fringe’ photographic techniques, specifically wet-plate printing, disposables, non-lens based film, astrophotography and abstract video pieces. After rediscovering the wonder of photography by forcing myself to relearn the vernacular by using only disposable cameras for a year I was able to free myself from the constraints of traditional photography rules, straight lines, perfect compositions and rigid ideas. I often tell people that to be able to break the rules you must learn them first.

As an artist, my interest also lies in the story of photography. I have studied the history of chemical based capture of light and continue to stay knowledgeable with emerging digital technologies. Considering what is lost in the photograph during the digital revolution will continue to be a main and overriding focal point of my practice.

Since moving to Hawick, Scotland with my young family my focus has narrowed to the community. By purchasing a small freehold in the centre of town to build my practice from I can concentrate on local ‘micro-projects’ that I can develop into community inspired works of art.

Chosen Influences:

Penelope Umbrico, Joachim Schmidt, Jasper Elings, Merry Alpern, Phillip Stearns, Richard Billingham, Cesar Kuriyama.

All work unless stated otherwise are my own creations.

"It’s very, very clear that, With 1 billion cellphone cameras in the world, with 60 billion photos on facebook, 750 million images uploaded New Year’s weekend alone, that it’s not just enough to add photographs to the world we have to somehow add the world to the photographs and connect in ways that are both useful and helpful."

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