/ 2016 / Fine Art / Collage
Scenes of Deceit
This series creates collages of gaudy, faded, beauty - painterly, neglected, richly
textured, and strange.
These images use small isolated details from Georges La Tour’s pictures as a starting
point for exploring photographic “deceits’.
La tour, a French seventeenth century baroque painter, explored chiaroscuro, the
high-contrast world of candlelight, making him interesting to photographers who deal in
Photography is a very different way of investigating the world to paintings. Layering and
juxtaposition of painted elements, with my own photographs is used to create a surreal,
photographic, trompe l’oeil world. They hint at hidden secrets and a doorway between
illusion and reality. They question reality and invite a closer look.
There is no such thing as an innocent image, we each create our own reality.
Photography allows me to create illusions of a reality that only exists in the camera. There is no such thing as an innocent image.
I like to present subtle fictions with an implied, unspoken narrative. I feel the thrill of capturing a frozen piece of time when I take a photograph.
I am drawn to the individual, gaudy, faded, beautiful, painterly, playful, neglected, natural, strange, highly coloured and richly textured.
Awards Awards competitions and awards
2018 - 11th International Color Awards - Silver - Merit of Excellence
2017 - IPA - International Photography Awards - Finalist
2017 - PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris - Winner - Bronze Medal
2016 - PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris - Winner - Bronze Medal
2015 - Renaissance Photography Prize - Finalist
2015 - IPA - International Photography Awards - Winner
2015 - Pink Lady food photographer of the year - Finalist - Highly Commended
2011 - Arles Galerie Huit International Open Competition - Finalist
2010 - PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris - Winner
2010 - Vermont International Self Portraiture Competition
2009 - Plates to Pixels International Competition - Winner - The Best of Show
2009 - Terry O'Neill Award Competition - Finalist
2009 - LPA Documentary Competition - Finalist
2009 - Photo8 Competition at Host Gallery
2008 - AOP Red Dot Exhibition
2008 - AOP Polaroid Retrospective
2008 - LPA Portrait Competition - Finalist
2007 - Royal Photographic Society International Competition
- The Overall Gold Medal Winner
2007 - EMAP Shots - Finalist
2007 - Artoteque - Distinction
2006 - AOP Capture Competition
2005 - AOP Open - Finalist
2004 - AOP Open - Finalist
2003 - National Portrait Gallery - Self Portrait UK
2002 - National Portrait Gallery - Kobal Portrait Competition
2017 - Looking on Darkness - Viewfinder Gallery
2015 - Scenes of Deceit - The Chelsea Arts Club
2013 - Strange Fruit - The Art Gallery - Abergavenny
2011 - Thinking makes it so - Aldeburgh
2010 - Beautiful and Damned - Apples and Pears - Hoxton
2010 - Strange Shadows - The Association of Photographers Gallery
2010 - Phantoms of Delight - Archer Street Gallery - Soho
2008 - It’s Your Turn - Chelsea & Westeminster
2006 - Becoming 2 - Chelsea & Westeminster
2005 - Silent Lives - Blue Room Frith Street - Soho
2003 - No Such Thing - Chelsea & Westeminster
2002 - Becoming 1 - Blue Room Frith Street - Soho