In 2018 I am thrilled to be jumping back into fine art photography and digital art after a long hiatus due to the busy combination of starting work full time, severe stress in personal life, and also taking a break from creating art. I hope you're all enjoying the new-look website! This has been a decision I have been planning for many months, and I'm so glad it's now live - still a work in progress though. As well as photography, I am also showcasing my other personal interests, and exploring a new medium in the form of taxidermy. I believe that all my interests and different art forms are relevant to me as an artist and my story.
I'd like to further reflect on my practice. My inspiration for photography comes from essentially everywhere EXCEPT photography! Throughout my art career I have always considered myself an artist that uses photography as the medium, not a "photographer" in the traditional or commercial sense. This is why I do not usually upload sets or large numbers of images, even though I may shoot many on the day. I treat each image as an individual art work, and thus put all my attention into the top select few of each set. This year is a fresh start and the break away has been important - it's given me a chance to reassess my work from an outside perspective. Since 2007-08 my art has evolved from gothic fantasy digital art, to fashion and portraiture photography, to a combination of both concepts, and finally, to a historically inspired classical aesthetic. I had wanted to post a wee comparison chart of how my work has evolved over time, but sadly (or thankfully?) most of my early art doesn't exist anymore, apart from google images and embedded illegally in youtube videos.. heh.
Ten years later, and I am starting to think about the way my artwork is viewed and both the reason I create, and who I am creating for. I would like to thank all the countless talented people I have collaborated with during this period, the models, designers, makeup artists, hairdressers, assistants, as they have all helped to shape my vision and refine my tastes. This year I am focusing on one single all-encompassing project, one which is going to take much research, require a range of skills outside of photography, and one which I have been planning for the past three years (no joke!). I'm thrilled to be starting it now; this year was definitely the right time and I'm glad I held out. I will announce it in my next blog post!
I will be writing blog posts regularly, utilising it as almost a digital art scrap book/folio where I can post about shoot planning, problems I am currently facing, progress shots, and background research. Why keep all these things in a folder on my computer hidden away when it's more interesting to learn about an artist's practice and methods, and perhaps pick up a few tips along the way! It will also help document the amount of work involved in what I am about to embark, especially since I can only work on it in my spare time outside of work/life pressures. In essence, the blog will be a one-stop-shop for all things BTS!
Thank you for your support from the very bottom of my heart.