Places and spaces interest fascinate me .
“I canna believe it’s Scotland No 4” is a piece about the Highlands of Scotland. Please see the remainder in my series.
The Highlands are Europe’s last wilderness. Remote , sometimes inclement and shrouded in wonderful blue light. This piece talks about journey and of course the water that surrounds the land mass. Much of the Highlands is abandoned and remote too.
The 500 race has brought considerable tension to the Highlands. Effectively a motorbike journey around the Highlands , it has brought a lot of bikers and traffic to somewhat linited and quiet areas. Not all the locals are that pleased with the concept. Nor are they pleased with the deisgner eagle top residences that are beginning to crop up in the remoteness of the area.
My ‘imaginary places’ series has enabled me to express my fascination with both architecture and image-making in camera and in computer via repetition and reconstruction.
The initial challenge is to find a space or place that resonates beyond its immediate 3 dimensional form . The manner in which the environment speaks to me, informs my artistic expression going forward. Having considered this carefully, and only over several days, do I start taking photographs in great detail and numbers. Generally, I now use high-end digital cameras or 35mm hand-held cameras. Armed with my photographs, I start a lengthy review in the studio. This acts as a filtering process. Sometimes, if required and the opportunity presents itself, I will return to reshoot. Slowly – and ever so rewardingly – the imagined place crystallises and I will move onto Photoshop to build and create it. This represents the next and final stage in my artistic process.
My imaginary places series explores the relationship with place and time. The addition of countless elements from other images to form the constructed images explores the inherent tension and visual opportunity that lies between a still single image and a movie. The format of these pieces further strengthens this exploration.
I think by the very frenetic nature of our existences, the profundity of our surroundings does (quite understandably) pass us by. The very fact that viewers of my work are forced to reconcile the ‘real’ with the ‘constructed’ creates a tension .I like exploring the way viewers engage on multiple levels when trying to understand the “imagined” image. I explore this through repetition, light and humour until the artwork is a virtual movie; one based on the built environment only.
My work explores both the power of the single image and the rhythm and opportunity achieved through constructed images.
I use only pigmented inks for the finest colour and long lasting output. Printed on Archival Paper for fine Art printing at 300gsm using Epson K3 inks.
Signed by the Artist.
The print is available in 1 sizes unframed at approx :112 x 55 cms. It is in a limited edition of 10.
It is supplied unframed with a white border all round and mailed in a cardboard tube using recorded post or can be collected direct from my studio.