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.
Formed from a matrix of silver grains, ink droplets, or pixels, the image exists with meaning in the minds and imagination of the viewer of a photograph. Each of us will see and interpret the image uniquely –– Fiction. A photograph is simultaneously fact and fiction, and in continuous flux between the two.
I am interested in how traces of our world fixed in an image connects with the cerebral construct of the photographic view. The synthesis of these two elements forms a new reality – a photographic reality that exists in a universe, parallel to our own.
The Hidden Visible
2013 – current
Abstractions in knowledge, lost identity, distant science, nostalgia, and belief
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 collaboration with sculptor Neil Ayling explores subjectiveness of memory through photographic engagements with historic negatives within the confines of materials past and present.
A collaboration with developer and gravity reanimate exhausted portraits from decades past to form a new anonymous existence.
Photographic fact and speculation collide through a possible archive of Soviet cosmic imagery.
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.
Shrouded architectural appendages within the glare and shadows of nocturnal cities, become a personal obsession.
Explorations of nature under control, studied, and placed into order, within gardens and glass houses.
Transits of latent vision
2003 – 2009
Explorations of photographic time, space, and imaging beyond what we can see.
Corndogs and Candy Apples
Long past memories of annual visits to an amusement park, visualised through the slow time of a pinhole.
Opera houses, palaces, rocket launch rings - a wonder world stretched through an anamorphic pinhole projection.
Encounters with structures within the barren expanse of Canadian wilderness, realised through impossible vistas formed by the rotations of a circuit camera.
Down in the Park
A few views and thoughts from a marathon visit to Photo London 2021
I was outside when the solar eclipse took place the other day, but had no idea there was an eclipse happing. It was overcast but...
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...
Born in 1969, William Mokrynski, is a visual artist who has been working with photography for as long as he can remember. He explores photography’s intrinsic ability of connecting our minds with the time and space presented in an image, through silver-based processes and narrative. In his recent work, the anonymous vernacular camera negative is used to investigate interpretations of photographic reality.
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