This has really been a journey of discovery both
in terms of style and subject matter. I now see the natural world
with different eyes, always searching for shapes, patterns, textures,
colours and hues that are not observable from a distance. Moreover,
I have found these to make exquisite fine art images which are often
totally abstract in nature.
The giclée prints have an impressionistic look
and feel with only small parts in focus. Viewed up close, much of
the image is unrecognisable and it is only when observed
at some distance does the subject take form. Indeed, many of the
images remain purely abstract, leaving the viewer to contemplate
their origins. Different images often start to emerge giving them
greater depth and meaning. It is the subtle rendition of the out-of-focus
parts of the image that gives them their special quality and I gain
the most satisfaction from creating such images from seemingly uninteresting
and commonplace subjects that have been passed by many times before.
The more I find, the more I realise that this search has only just
Equipment & Materials
Except for the landscapes, all of the images are
taken on 35mm cameras with the resulting transparency being only
36mm x 24mm. These are then scanned inhouse and blown up many times
to give the larger images. I print these on my own high quality
giclée printer on the finest quality watercolour paper using
archival pigment inks. Giclée is French for "to spray".
In short, it is a process where a fine stream of ink is sprayed
onto archival fine art paper. The effect is similar to an air brush
technique, but much finer.
The only filter used occasionally is a grey-grad
for landscape work. All the colours and contrast you see are for
real as I try to capture the natural beauty I have found.
Transparencies are scanned so as to faithfully
reproduce the colours in the original as accurately as possible.
Some retouching and/or cropping may be required but this is kept
to a minimum. Occasionally, an image's colour balance may be changed
if the result is pleasing but this information always accompanies