I see myself as an image maker recording people, places and patterns I find around me.
I use my digital camera to layer and juxtapose multiple exposures which might tell a story, depict a character, create an impression or simply provide a whimsical perspective. I enjoy the factor of chance, John Cage called it ‘The proposition of chance’, which emerges inherently from the camera technique I use. I also enjoy the ability to ‘paint’ colours and shades of light which the process also allows
Photography using multiple exposures has a long history. My own experience goes back to schoolboy experiments and ‘box brownie’ days. Man Ray and Maurice Tabard, early avant-guard photographers, were creating multiple exposures in the 1920’s. Frederick Sommer’s famous double exposure of artist Max Ernst shows the wild-eyed painter melding in and out of a water stained concrete wall. It appeared on the cover of ‘Aperture’ in 1956. Contemporary photographers like American photographer Julie Conners and British artist Helen Sears are among well publicised practitioners of the form
My subject material can be straight from reality, crowd scenes, portraits, botanical and landscape scenes or it can be self generated using my own artwork. Occasionally I use publicly available existing art to create new art from old, a process which has a very long history across all art forms, music, literature and visual.
More recently I have been creating works in series. ‘Shifting Identities’ shows the recent tide of cultural change in New Zealand and ‘Happy numbers’ matches my interest in recreational maths with photos which use formless colour abstractions to convey emotions and feelings.
I am grateful for the help and guidance provided by the renowned Australian photographer Ken Ball, who got me started on this line of endeavour some years ago. Through his continued assistance and interest in my work I have also been able to take on a teaching role in recent workshops in New Zealand and Australia.