ARTS & CULTURE | Finding Inspiration

Have you noticed the art of photography has now been been regulated to the status of the enthusiast. Everybody makes pictures, But because its easy doesn’t mean its less difficult. Over the last couple of decades there has been an explosion in the photographic world, it’s cool to take photographs, anybody can copy trends or styles. But only a vision-that is what one must have.

Although Im a photographer I don’t look to other photographers for inspiration, unless it’s the greats like Walker Evans, Bill Brandt and Ernst Haas, then you cannot help but be inspired. But it’s painter’s that teach me more about light than any other creative. I mean take a close look at J. M. W. Turners work, now that man knew how to convey a feeling by just placing pigment on a canvas. But I’m a photographer and the only means I have to express whats in my head is to use a camera to record light. So its light I look to first, then when I feel I have that worked out I can make pictures.

This series of portraits of a talented artist friend of mine, Paul Macklin I approached with Rembrandt in my thinking. I love the way Rembrandt lights portraits, rich and full of depth. these where shot under Paul’s awning with one light fired through a honey comb grid and another fired back out of shot but angled just enough to catch the right amount of light fall off I needed under Paul’s right eye and cheek bone. I wanted richness and depth to this series and it appears I caught it.


An artist makes his art through his head, heart and his hands. This is the idea behind my new set of pictures of Christopher Dewar.
My inspiration for the grid shots came from Bernd and Hilla Becher, a husband and wife photography team who taught photography in Germany. What the Bechers sought from their subjects was a way in which a single type of structure (watertower, blast furnace, etc.) varied wildly in its external appearance due to its specific historical, geographical context. So I looked at this grid system to explore the way we look at a person, by photographing Chris with the same light, same angle, it’s then you can start to explore with your eye and start to see the differences between each image. Forget about getting the soul of a person in a photograph, that’s just a load of old bull, when we make a picture of person we bring our own baggage with us and what we want to happen, so there is very little chance your going to see who they really are.

The idea behind the floating image is that sometimes we dream our art, we, the artist, can see the beauty in what we create, why can’t others. So in a dream state we float, hands out as though. Look! look what I have created for you. Cant you see?


The hands. This is what we use to create, communicate our creativeness to you. So we now ┬áhave the whole story of an artist. As told by another artist, art is again created and another story is told. But who’s, mine or Chris’s?