Two Images Selected as Photo Competitions Winners.
My love for the portrait genre, whether photographed or painted has been with me since my early teens. I have far too many favourite artists to name here, but it all boils down to my curiosity, not only towards the person in question but also a curiosity towards their lives too. Much of my own work is based on environmental portraiture, I suppose I'm drawn to people with stories to be told, and the challenge for me therein is trying to tell their story within a single photographic frame. Much like documentary portraiture another field of photography that excites me, it's my desire to know more about the person or persons in my pictures which help me piece together most of my personal projects. I'm looking for a story to eventually unfold within my pictures. It's also important for me to know as much about my subjects if I’m to produce meaningful images. This sensibility to storytelling is a quality or an aesthetic that I've employed in my work for the many charities and commercial clients whom I'm commissioned to work with. Finding narratives that filter into my work is an essential ingredient for me, however tenuous it might be, but it's important, helping to focus my point of view and hopefully enhancing the viewer's appreciation of the image in front of them.
I've recently had the good fortune to have two of my recent photographs selected by two major photographic competitions, both images taken from the same project in which I'm currently collaborating alongside the East Suffolk Association for the Blind. All my images from this series are a result of spending time with each person connected with the project. Getting to know them, listening to their stories, understanding their fears and anxieties, alongside what also makes them happy and content. This obviously sounds simple, but as one might have guessed, sometimes the simplest things mean the most for the partially sighted. I also explore what it must be like to experience the sense of isolation, what must it be like to live a life with severely blurred vision or in complete darkness? How does one feel when hearing and sensing the tumultuousness of the world around them, what are the emotions running inside a young man who's recently lost his sight and whose approaching his seventeen birthday?
These two images from my project, the first of Justin Rumsby, photographed inside his local East of England Co-Op store. This image was selected for the British Journal of Photography's "Portrait of Britain" competition.
The second image is of Clare Burham and her guide dog Saffron outside a MacDonald's restaurant in central Ipswich. This image was selected for The "Life Framer" People section