I look upon my creative practice as a form of printmaking and think almost entirely in terms of the handling of visual elements, as opposed to the use of the camera primarily as a recording tool. Direct influences include Matisse, Picasso, Klee, Miro, Nicholson. Photographers include Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Walker Evans.
In the Hullscapes theme I reference the truism that things are, or become, products of conditions or environment, as the sea seems to have left its stamp on these dry docked vessels.
I began work on this series of images from 2009 onwards. I compose within the viewfinder and develop the digital image to the degree that it will print correctly. Using my own raw workflow studio at home I produce images using archive quality print media.
I do not combine or layer images.
Having practised photography since age 14 I began processing/printing my own work while studying at Glasgow School of Art (1969-73). I trained myself to a high technical standard, initially in monochrome and colour chemical photography, and now work digitally.
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