I am a film photographer and darkroom printer. I also enjoy experimenting with alternative processes. I do not hold to a genre, system or style, preferring to work across a broader canvass. My influences are many but I particularly like the work of the “Two Rays” – Tony Ray-Jones and Ray Moore.
I do not find it easy to pre-visualise a picture. The visualisation happens in the darkroom as I play with the light and silver. There is something quite magical about producing a fine print which mirrors what I imagine in my mind’s eye.
Here I share my darkroom moments, mistakes and some successes.
I also write about photography and philosophy. I contend that seeing and language are inextricably linked, that what we experience when we see is a ‘precipitate of language’ 1. Seeing is propositionally structured. I am currently doing a philosophy PhD on this topic but I won’t expand on this here.
- See Richard Gaskin’s ‘Language, Truth and Literature, Oxford University Press. 2013 ↩