A photograph is undeniably something of reality. Whether it be a shadow captured in the making of a photogram or a snapshot taken on a family holiday, the photographic image is of something that was. Fact. The reality captured is however transformed to something else – something new.

A photograph acts as a catalyst for a new reality. A simple matrix of silver grains, ink droplets, or pixels forms an image and exists with meaning in the minds and imagination of the viewer of a photograph. Fiction. A photograph is simultaneously fact and fiction, and in continuous undulation between the two.

With a lifetime of working with photography, my work probes the balance between visual traces of our world and a new reality created in the photographic universe.

The Hidden Visible

2013-current

Abstractions in knowledge, identity lost, uncertainty, nostalgia, faith

The Children of Mars

Drawn from an archive of thousands of discarded negatives of children’s portraiture, surgical interventions complete the loss of identity, severing the sitter’s connection with the past, transporting these children to the present and future.

Uplands, Downlands, Sunlit Meadows... wish you were here

A response to increasing political allusions, nostalgic for nebulous pasts. The collaboration with sculptor Neil Ayling explores subjectiveness of memory through photographic engagements with historic negatives within the confines of structural assemblages of materials past and present.

WE

A darkroom collaboration with developer, fixer, and gravity, reanimate exhausted portraits from decades past to a new anonymous population.

Galactic Coordinates

Photographic fact and speculation collide through a discovered archive of Soviet cosmic imagery.

Coming Soon

A place that was, and might be

2009 -2013

Within landscapes that reveal and hide, places that undulate between have been and dreamt, situated in time that will not repeat.

Nylon Chrysalis

Momentary architectural shrouds within shadows of nocturnal cities, become a personal obsession, and a subliminal metaphor for photography

Coming Soon

Nature taken into control and placed into design, within gardens and glass houses.

Coming Soon

Transits of latent vision

2003-2009

Explorations of photographic time, space,  and imaging beyond what we can see.

Corndogs and Candy Apples

Attempted visualisations of early cyclical memories of an amusement park, assembled through the slow time of a pinhole.

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Opera houses, palaces, rocket launch rings, a wonder world to normality, abstracted and transported to the imaginary, through anamorphic pinhole projection.

Coming Soon

Footprints

Visualisations of magical encounters of structures within the expanse of wilderness realised through impossible vistas formed on infrared film within the rotations of a circuit camera.

Down in the Park

Coming Soon

Eclipsey

I was outside when the eclipse took place the other day, but had no idea there was an eclipse happing. It was overcast but the sky dimmed with an odd greenish light that I associated with the prelude to a tropical downpour. My thoughts were, I’m about to get soaked,...

Daguerre’s London Diorama of 1823

Daguerre’s London Diorama of 1823

A Forgotten Remnant from the Birth of Photography.   There are probably more than a few who wonder why the word "Diorama" adorns the facade of this posh Georgian building, and are oblivious to its connection with photography's origins. Sitting amongst other John...

Portrait of William Mokrynski in the darkroom

Photo: Paul Heartfield

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"0078" from the series The Children of Mars, by William Mokrynski

Children of Mars

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2008
"Walkway Over a Dry Wetland" from the series Footprints, by William Mokrynski
2008

Footprints

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