This abstract photography re-examines light and geometry
Two budding photographers reveal their best photos and the cool stories behind them
All these images were taken using a Canon EOS 500D, which I love to shoot with as it’s a good quality camera that’s still affordable. As a sculptor predominantly, photography has three purposes in my art: I use it to research, to document the process and finished work, but also as a sketchbook and way to think through ideas. Often with the latter this is a way of creating interesting abstract images from sculptures I’ve made, and they become artworks in their own right.
As an artist I create sculptures, photography and installations that explore how I perceive geometry, light and materials as I move through urban spaces. I aim to draw the viewer’s attention towards form and materials, emphasizing the way that structures control or are changed by light and highlighting how often the eyes can be deceived.
I use materials that relate to our built environment to make sculptures that investigate the perception of materials and geometry from modern life.
Sometimes the intention is that my ideas will be finalized through abstract photographs. I experiment with materials to produce images that become optical illusions, making the scale ambiguous and/or encouraging the viewer to reconsider their perception. The different perspectives in 2D work (as opposed to 3D)
afford the viewer an alternative and more psychological experience where they could imagine being inside the space.
All these photos were shot at different points over the last ten years. Some, like Infinite Points, were shot while I was studying at the Glasgow School of Art doing a BA in Fine Art Sculpture. Some were taken while I was on exchange in Kyoto, Japan, or once I had left art school doing commissions such as at the BBC in Scotland or for Taylor Vinters’ office spaces in Cambridge, London and Singapore. Others were purely experiments in the studio to develop new ideas.
I like to use photography as a different way of exploring materials, and I believe it’s a great way of thinking about the use of light in artwork in a very different way.
I like to use photography as a different way of exploring materials, and I believe it’s a great way of thinking about the use of light in an artwork in a different way