Born in Dublin, Ireland, my journey in image making began when I was around eight years old. I must have expressed an interest in photography because Santa Claus placed a beginner’s photo chemistry kit under our Christmas tree.
My parents had a old fashioned brass bed with heavy blankets that reached the ground. It was under there that I set up my “alchemists cave” and began a life long experiment in image making.
For me there is a need to express something more than the perfect likeness that the camera captures, a wish for the a bit of me ... Read More
to be felt in the work. I began trying to enhance my images using various techniques, including applying colour tints from the kits that, in those days, came with Kodak black and white processing.
I worked in several studios in Dublin, Ireland and London, and San Francisco and travelled extensively in Montana, Alaska, The Northwest Territories and the Yukon, during which time Ive had the priceless opportunity to work with some great professionals. Ive had access to state of the art studios in which to further my experiments with color, textures, tints and to explore printing techniques both traditional and contemporary.
The work of many other photographers has influenced me, were always walking in the footsteps of those before us. Investigating their skills lead to my using techniques such as adding pigments, layers of texture, the painted layers that give my work the look and feel it has today.
Over the years these techniques evolved on the road to finding my own voice in the world of photography. I suppose, in a way, the pursuit of any art is a search for your own voice. I have been lucky enough to have found a wobbly winding path to mine, and more importantly been very gratified that others have enjoyed my work.
It was a long and interesting development. The work I produced for my first exhibition in 1982, clearly showed the birth of an style that leads to the images of today.
Now I think of my camera as part of a process, a foundation really, providing a starting point on the road to the final work. I am enthralled by the way the opacity of layers influence each other, creating new blends and atmospheres, as they become part of each other. My work reflects this interaction, building my images with transparent or partially opaque textured layers through which you see the final image. A view of the world through my frosty window
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