I am hugely inspired by the work of Mark Rothko. In case you don't know each Rothko painting is around 1.5 metres by 2 metres in size. The sheer size along with the intensity
of colour means you can’t escape the intended emotion that he created within each piece. For me that is exactly what art is about - for the viewer to understand and feel
the artists intention.
I also find the work of Kurt Jackson extremely powerful. Colour, texture, mixed media, imperfections/ perfections, all creating depth and pure beauty within the sense of place.
Before I had my studio at Krowji in Redruth I was in awe of the work of local artist Chris Holloway. Funnily enough I ended up sharing his studio at Krowji. How lucky am I!
My camera goes everywhere with me. I don’t always use it but I can’t bear the thought of missing out on the perfect photographic opportunity.
As beautiful and unique as the Cornish landscape is, it isn’t the most inspirational place for my photography work. There are only so many times you can photograph the Cornish coast – maybe that’s having grown up here. I find rough urban decay much more exciting. On reflection, some of my best shots taken in Cornwall are of places stumbled across that are bleak or abandoned, telling a story.
I strongly believe that it doesn’t matter if a photograph is not technically perfect or taken with the best camera. However, every single part of the composition must be taken into consideration when taking the shot, making sure that the timing is exact to capture the perfect moment in time. That exact moment will never be the same again.
“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event”. Henri Cartier Bresson
Henri Cartier Bresson being one of my favourite photographers, along with Saul Lieter and Joel Meyerowitz. All in which create art through photography. In their street photography, they capture the unspoken relationship between things within the frame, connecting them within one composition.
I have a life-long obsession with National Geographic; my ultimate goal being to have a photograph published in their magazine. It was through National Geographic
that I discovered the work of Steve McCurry, an all-time legend of travel photography and photojournalism. I strive to take photographs as powerful and beautiful as him.
It was also through National Geographic that I came across the work of Celia Tobin; a documentary photographer. Particularly her story on the burns unit in Shri Shiv Prasad Government Hospital in Varanasi, India. In ‘The Third Ward’ she documents the conditions at the hospital and the victims along with their families that reside there. The images
are raw and I admire her and any other documentary photographer who puts themselves in these challenging situations. Through photography you can’t deny the truth.
That’s why it is so powerful.
To view the full story please click here, it will take you to Celia's website.