I feel I should highlight a few things about recent shifts in the style of my photography. Hugely inspired by the incredible artistic work of Paul Garcia (my friend red), and the amazing UVA exhibition on Vanishing Points that I visited with my wonderful girlfriend in Eastbourne, (amongst many other things), I decided to shelve my SLRs and my recently-acquired medium format camera, and got hold of a GAF Memo 35 ET, a very reasonably-priced rangefinder, which is a clone of the Konica C35.
I shot a few rolls on it, then my good friend Richard Charles lent me an actual Konica C35 Automatic, which I’ve been constantly using since. (The viewfinder is a little brighter than the one on the GAF Memo, and the light meter a little clearer.) This change in terms of tools, along with the inspiration mentioned above, and some quiet reflection and a slight reassessment of the conceptual approach behind my photography and what I’d like to achieve with it, has had something of a profound effect on the way I now go about my work.
My hope is that I’ll end up combining my landscape photography with my more abstract recent work with rangefinders, and attempt to unify the two under the conceptual umbrella of horizonism, which will revolve around the concept of the literal, artistic, poetic and personal definition of the horizon, in the broadest possible sense.
This will probably involve meditations on both physical and artificial horizons, shifts in perspective between horizontal and vertical vanishing points, and the real and imaginary spaces, layers and divisions between planes, and where two or more realms combine or dissolve into separation.
I’ve got a big batch of films that I hope to be curating and uploading very soon. The results will hopefully communicate this concept in a much more comprehensible manner than that which I’m able to achieve with words. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them.