I have always had a passion for monochrome. I fell in love with old black and white movies as a child in the 1970s. Like many others, I identify black and white with a bygone era – an age we associate with glamour and romance as much as the tragedy of war. I feel the use of black and white triggers a sensory association, a type of ‘sense memory’.
Consciously choosing black and white, and using a certain light or a particular costume detail, you can engage the viewer to suspend disbelief and claim a wisp of the elegance of that era for yourself. I think the choice is – in many ways – a rejection of the modern world and its sensibilities, which today are too often impersonal, brash, tawdry and gaudy.
If I'm in the studio I draw heavily on this rich monochrome heritage. Timeless scenes, and beautiful women, elegantly portrayed. For some these days this is no longer art, but I hope all would agree there is artisanship nonetheless.
I have achieved Associate status in the Royal Photographic Society, and I volunteer my time for photography to several charities. I support my work by selling prints, offering portraits and tuition, and providing technical services to other photographers.
If you have enjoyed my work, and would like to see more please consider 'buying me a tea' on my patreon. It may seem a trivial amount, but that support x100 or x1000 adds up fast.