Saturday 25th June 2011
The origins of my Studio Work exhibition lie in experimentation with controlled lighting and pictorial design in inner-city warehouses during the mid-to-late nineties in Sydney. Building on a desire to learn the arcane technicalities of electronic strobe lighting, I began to deeply explore the artistic side of studio photography, which has developed into the art on show at Gallery Chiron today.
More than just simple product shots, each photograph has been infused with a multidimensionality, using complex arrangements of highly reflective and difficult to photograph subjects, multiple exposures, specialist focusing techniques, and painstakingly arranged transparent and translucent items, sometimes all at once. I call this work ‘photographic art’, differentiating it from what is commonly perceived as photography in today’s digitally obsessed world of instant gratification and push-button deletion.
All of my work has been created in a small dark room late at night, under the influence of the moon and the stars, using a medium format film camera and slide film, and printed using traditional and digital methods. Please enjoy.