The camera, as an object, is as important as the resulting image. A camera is context to the photograph; the physical point of optical interaction between the conception of an idea and the creation of an image. The resulting image is not important but the act of taking the image, to challenge the convention of how to use a camera, is and also what makes a photographic image.
I have looked at many pioneers of photography, such as William Fox Talbot, and explored the early techniques. I have applied these techniques to modern equipment or, vice versa, modern equipment to early techniques.
My work is photography, stripped back to it most basic level, which is the controlled study of light. The light can be chemically fixed to photographic paper resulting in an analogue image or light can be digitally interpreted data, made of pixels, resulting in a digital image. Both processes are recognisable as photographic images.
As a medium, photography will react with both natural and man made light sources. My work is mainly made from electric light sources as they give a greater level of control and range.
I am interested in the contrast between the control that I have with a camera and chance images that can be captured as mistakes only happen once and are impossible to predict. Visually exploring the way photographic images are created both with a camera and other photographic processes, such as light sensitive paper. The work I have created falls between analogue and digital processing. My work is honest to the natural tendencies of photography and explores the strengths and weaknesses of photography and treats them both the same. Very fast shutter speeds have the ability to freeze an object in time very long exposures can blur and slow down time. Photography has the ability to make an entire object disappear and the ability to surpass human vision.