/ 2017 / Fine Art / Collage
Echoes and Illusions
These photographs are intended to engage the viewers subconscious. They are highly
coloured and richly textured. The internal mirroring, using the “Rorschach” effect, can
appear strange and beautiful, or bizarre and disturbing.
Since Leonardo de Vinci and Botticelli in the renaissance, “ambiguous designs” have been
used to assess personality. And in 1921 Rorschach created the standardized inkblot test.
There are ten official blots of near-perfect bilateral symmetry.
Rorschach inkblots have been widely used to study the individual’s phycology, imagination,
consciousness, personality and mental health of both children and adults. The analysis of
inkblot tests is hugely complex and also controversial. But the enduring fascination is
how the same shapes produce such different responses and interpretations in each individual.
Layering details from 17th Baroque painting, and my own still life photographs, these
surreal juxtapositions are created, and strangeness appears in the spaces in-between.
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