Monday 25 April 2022

Untitled With Shadows

I always felt there was something very special about this image. Perhaps is the combination of the positioning of the subject with the sunlight illuminating the background and projecting his shadow on to the ground beneath and around him. There is also the geometric lines in the grass where he is standing one spring afternoon. Of particular interest to me is his own physical standing: right arm behind his back and the hand holding on to the left elbow at the side.   

The shadow produced by the tree in the background is also very special since it lends the general surrounding area a strong element of darkness and makes it correspond with the image projected by the human body against the ground.     

The element that makes me like this image more than others in the same vein is the subjects’s stance: it is guarded but at the same time he holds his own individuality up front. The uncompromising gaze of the boy reaches straight into the camera’s lens. He confronts the moment the camera clicks and records the image for posterity thereby establishing and indelible relationship with the viewer.                                                                    

Friday 1 April 2022

Peter Auckland and Baby Fred - Dec 16th 2016 Whitstable


Sasha Leech, Artist, The Horsebridge-Whitstable

I recently visited a painting exhibition of this artist, unknown to me until then, and was greatly impressed by the quality of his paintings and the mastery of rendition of his chosen subjects. Great show.

By Jack Peilow, ten years had passed since...

This shot was part of a series that young Jack did at the time and was entirely related to beards.  Jack went around town asking men to pose...