, as a Glasgow based professional photographer, I always feel it is important to keep challenging yourself and try and work outside your comfort zone. This helps keep you fresh and opens up new ideas and possibilities. For the past few years I’ve been working with painting with light and exploring ways that this can be utilised.
One of my projects has involved collaborating with the artists to produce a self portrait whereby they put themselves in an environment which has a particular meaning to their lives or work and then contributing to the final image by drawing with light.
For my most recent project I decided to abandon any attempt at conventional image making and instead collaborated with dancer and artists Sari Leivonen to produce abstract images produced by movement.
‘Photographs can present not only the actual world, but constructed pseudo-photographs can-like naturalistic novels or carefully staged film scenes-present possible worlds as if they were natural.’ (Mitchell, 1994)
Within my recent practice, I explored the theme of the paranormal by analysing anomalous images through research into historical and contemporary practitioners in the field.
My Identified Flying Objects project was inspired by the spaceships represented in films such as Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica. The project sets out to create a mythological world from the contemporary world. The street light was the perfect subject matter with which to create this imagined world. However, the project was not only about creating imaginary spaceships, it was also a surreal and fun way of documenting Scotland’s variety of street lights.
Additionally, my research into the spirit photography of the nineteenth, and early twentieth century, inspired me to make some physical pieces of ‘spirit’ art using a combination of cotton wool and photographic prints. The way in which the portraits were used in the work was influenced by a psychology face recognition experiment that demonstrated that upside down faces are difficult to recognise.