Friday, 29 April 2011

John Blythe

John Blythe.

After completing studies at City of Westminster college in 1994 John has been a commercial advertising photographer for over 16 years. While commercial photography has been his primary focus, John continued to develop his personal creative work and more recently has started to create work for exhibition. John's work has previously been exhibited in two group shows at the Association of Photographers gallery in London and at Rosendale School, Dulwich, as part of an artist residency. John continues to work commercially as well as teaching photography at Queen Anne's School and on the Art Foundation course at Bellerbys College, Oxford.

I will be exhibiting images from 2 strands of current work.

The first is a documentary project motivated by my interested in how seasonal light and conditions have a transformative effect on our very familiar and immediate environment. All the images in this collection are taken using a mobile phone camera and are all taken at the moment of experience, not planned or revisited. The images are of places close to home that I pass through all the time, often several times a day, yet my experience of them can be very different from one occasion to another. The images are evocative and contrived in their presentation, designed to representing the peak or extremes of a season, such that the viewer can immediately identify with them. This is an ongoing project started in late 2010 and is the first time these images have been exhibited in print.

The second is very much a fine art project exploring form, composition and process. The project combines up to date digital capture and manipulation with classical form and traditional printing processes to create more traditional fine art prints. Image subjects range from figurative to abstract and this series are all created using the cyanotype printing process on watercolour paper. The project combines a process that was developed at the birth of photography in the mid 1800's with images captured using technology that represents the birth of the new age of digital photography.

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