“If you're lonely when you're alone, you're in bad company.”
- Jean Paul Sartre
‘Incandescent’ explores the city as dark carnival. High-voltage images comprising points of light and shadow are transformative windows-to-the-world. Vivid, abstract mosaics are achieved through veil, focus and structure to give subjects greater energy and voice.
Separation and ‘alone-ness’ contrast their busy urban context. It requires a building devoid of people in ‘Embrace’ and trees with connecting limbs, like outstretched hands, in ‘We Touch’ to consummate the unfulfilled yearning.
My experience as an architectural photographer helps explore the human condition and anonymity in an over-stimulated, overwhelming world.
Unlike the frequently bleak, urban realism portrayed by many post-war modernist artists, these images pulsate with molecular intensity.
Visceral, voyeuristic views employ a graphic style and incandescent colour palette both psychedelic and beige.
The theme of alone-ness, anonymity and anxiety carries through this daily theatre of busy life. ‘Incandescent’ signals a major transition from commercial photography to fine art imagery.
The collection was produced especially for The Other Art Fair, 2016.