Printed on hahnemuhle 310gsm german etching paper with archival inks
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India has a population of well over 1 billion, so to have your image on a wall means one has achieved an elevated status. Documenting these fading and defaced faces, is for me a momento mori and a way of freezing what happens to both image and person before their almost inevitable slip back into wall and obscurity. Following their Warholesque 15 minutes of fame, is a period for the images, often years, of degrading exposure to the elements and human intervention, during which they are transmogrified, into something ghostly, surreal or abstract while others become vaguely comical and some even joyful.
Based in: London
I was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1955. In the mid 70s, having not done at all well at school, I decided to to take time out and go hitch-hiking, I got as far as Afghanistan. Up until that point I had no real interest in taking photographs, but that journey opened my eyes to the possibilities. I returned home, worked for a year, borrowed an old Ilford camera from my Grandfather and went off again. This time I went overland through Europe, Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan, Pakistan and on to India and finally Nepal.
On my return from Nepal I went back to education in order to qualify for a place to study Fine Art in Sheffield and graduated in 1981. I worked professionally as a freelance photographer for BBC Television, whilst continuing my own photographic projects. Originally I was working with film and print in the darkroom but as the quality of digital improved, I now predominantly use it. Film and print are now reserved for those projects where it really is the best option.
I had the idea to work on a series of Flower Portraits well before the Lockdowns, but during the time when we were all cloistered indoors because of the Pandemic, they provided the perfect subject and I found a real sense of purpose in creating them.
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