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Photography: Digital, Color, Dye Transfer on Paper.
“Degrees” is collection of abstracted images that blur the lines between photography and painting, conjuring up sentiments of American Abstract Expressionism whilst having a soul of its own. All images are single exposure photographs of London urban scenes playing with colour, visual perception, time and place.
Each is titled after the location in geographical degrees (minutes and seconds) and time (date, hours, minutes) giving specific information about where and when the work was created. Opposing this specific aspect the image is totally abstracted, you don’t really know what it is, and in some ways is contrary to the conventional way of viewing our surroundings, i.e. a literal and functional viewpoint. The tendency to work out what the images are of is a powerful one, but if you can then let that tendency drift away and enjoy the image for itself. Let the colours and texture run, how does each image make you feel? If you need specifics then read the title!
In making this work I had to get my head into a different, almost meditative, space and force myself to view my surroundings differently. What emerges is a journey exploring alternative ways of seeing our environment ranging from dark and brooding to light and jovial, from geometric to visceral, which is totally divorced from the, sometimes, mundane urban views being photographed. When I started out I had no idea these images would be contained within the apparently prosaic world around me.
The images are archival Giclee prints on Hahnemuehle watercolour paper (100% cotton) and sold as an edition of 10.
Handpicked to show at The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in London