, artist/picture maker/educator.
What do you do is a difficult question all the time for me. I'm not sure how others answer, but my response varies from 'public servant' to artist. It depends on who is asking and where and why.
So, to give some background on myself I guess I should begin at the start, i.e. my first job. In what seems was a lifetime ago,[and indeed it was] I left school and got work doing what any self respecting suburban boy did. I secured an apprenticeship. They were 4 long long years and it seemed an eternity, wrong, wrong, & wrong.
I completed the apprenticeship, then moved out of engineering all together and worked for several years in a variety of service jobs, my last one being a Cab driver. My favourite though was 'Blind Fitter'.
Cab driving seemed to me to be the bottom of the spiral taking me nowhere and not keeping me focused beyond the next weekends parties. So a return to school seemed to be in order. This I did at the ripe old age of 26. And here I am now, three degrees and a very rewarding job later. But none of this describes what I now do.
Let me put it another way, if money were no object, I would teach sessionally at a University, say 2 or 3 days a week, for 2 semesters @ 12 weeks each. [I'm passionate about sharing knowledge, as I feel it is the only way to repay the teachers who taught me.] The rest of my time would be devoted to making pictures and marketing myself as a fine artist, making books and exhibiting my work.
My creative outlets include, my flickr stream, occasional contributions to both codmagazine.com
a collaborative online space, and Refractions, both online and in hardcopy.
My flickr stream
for the last few years has focused on an organised flow, in a somewhat cerebral exercise. If you want to see my work from a more traditional approach, then start with my sets
My tumblr blog [lo-resdaily
], features a single photo uploaded daily, again in a kind of stream of consciousness approach. This blog operates in fits and starts and currently is in hiatus. My working methodology with both flickr and tumblr is to make images frequently and often, then in sparodic bursts sit down and look for connections, and use these to draw a longer thread.
Some of my favourite photo artists include, Frederick Sommmer, Robert Adams, Richard Misrach, Stephen Shore, Gary Winogrand, Hiller & Becher, Martin Parr, Emmet Gowin.
Frederick Sommer once said:-"When you go out to make a picture you find you are moved by something which is in agreement with an image you already held within yourself”.
This pretty much sums up my day to day image making, other projects
are more long term and rarely appear on the web until, they are complete.
I enjoy tinkering on my mac and helping others do the same.
So that's me in a nutshell, artist/picture maker/educator/mac nerd