About me

Aims | Com­mu­nity Work | Back­ground | Sales | My Curicu­lum Vitae

This web­site is a port­fo­lio of my pho­tog­ra­phy since 1990. Images are avail­able for sale by mail order. I am avail­able for comis­sions and I am look­ing for exhi­bi­tion space for 2012.

Aims

Portrait of James TaylorMy aim as a pho­tog­ra­pher is to look for hid­den or unusual beauty and also to explore pat­tern and light. I am par­tic­u­larly in inter­ested in moments that can be expe­ri­enced but can’t eas­ily be described or explained. In sci­ence there is a say­ing that to limit the world to the explain­able is to deny the unex­plain­able. This is my phi­los­o­phy in pho­tog­ra­phy. I have a sci­ence back­ground, I stud­ied Geol­ogy, and the themes of earth sci­ence influ­ence my work, from the colour­ful slides of rock thin sec­tions and cre­at­ing maps, to inter­pret­ing pat­terns in rock with respect to time, evo­lu­tion and dimen­sions in space.

Geol­ogy is a syn­thetic sub­ject and I view the earth as a dynamic whole, a 3 dimen­sional jig­saw puz­zle in time and space, which I try to thin slice into an image. I make no dis­tinc­tion between humans or ani­mals, nature or the urban; they are all part of a syn­thetic dynamic whole which forms a pat­tern. The pic­tures are not photo shopped; I believe that fact can be stranger than fiction.

Just as it is not pos­si­ble to know both the posi­tion and the speed of an elec­tron, I do not aim to cre­ate a defin­i­tive con­cep­tual con­struc­tion for each pho­to­graph, I agree with Wal­ter Benjamin’s maxim that the work of art should be open to mul­ti­ple inter­pre­ta­tions and futures.

Back­ground

I was born in Birm­ing­ham in 1968; I stud­ied Geol­ogy at Southamp­ton Uni­ver­sity and worked in gold explo­ration in Zim­babwe. From 1990 I trav­elled widely in Asia, East­ern Europe and Africa, liv­ing in Tai­wan, Mel­bourne, Prague, Lon­don and Corn­wall. I have worked var­i­ously in the refugee field, in ESOL, pho­tog­ra­phy, art and worked as a chef. I am a co-owner of Chantek Asian Fusion restau­rant in Truro Corn­wall. I am cur­rently based in Lon­don and Corn­wall and var­i­ously in Andalucía, Lux­em­bourg and South East Asia.

Sales

Please con­tact me for prices and sales info. Pho­tographs avail­able as lim­ited edi­tion signed prints, in vari­ety of sizes and for­mats deliv­ered to you any­where, Also as posters / can­vas / acrylic / dip­tych / trip­tych / post card, cal­en­dar set and more.

Com­mu­nity work

In addi­tion to solo shows of my work, I have spe­cialised in edu­ca­tional pho­tog­ra­phy project for peo­ple with lit­tle access to edu­ca­tion or resources.

I worked with Bosn­ian refugees in the Nyrsko camp in the Czech Repub­lic dur­ing the war in 1994. Refugees in the camp were often on the receiv­ing end of a journalist’s lens, so my project set out to teach young refugees to use a cam­era and doc­u­ment their envi­ron­ment. The result­ing pic­tures were dis­played in the exhi­bi­tion ‘exo­dus of souls’ which toured the Czech Republic.

In Eng­land I con­tin­ued to work in refugee hold­ing cen­tres, run­ning pho­tog­ra­phy projects at the Thorn­cliffe hotel cen­tre in Lon­don, set­ting up a mobile dark room, and teach­ing refuges how to pho­to­graph their envi­ron­ment and to learn print their pic­tures on the spot and keep them.

Between 1999 and 2001 I was cura­tor of Redgate Gallery, an exper­i­men­tal arts and per­for­mance space in Brix­ton, Lon­don. Dur­ing this time I curated over 40 exhi­bi­tions of art, pho­tog­ra­phy, sculp­ture and multimedia.