Artwork for Tif Hunter
As a photographer, I do use 21st century digital technology, however, I have found that analogue photographic processes contain more soul and poetry. The craft involved in making one unique exposure to create my image is both confounding, beguiling and time consuming. The results contain marks from the manual processes involved in creating the plate as well as the beauty of the reaction of silver to light. The finished tintype is an image and an object that no other photographic technique can quite match.
Being an artist means expressing my vision. I believe in the wonder and beauty of the world as I see it - imperfect and unique. My work attempts to embrace this and depict an unretouched reality.
I am a photographer. I make Tintypes, which uses a photographic technique from the very early days of photography in the 1860's. A tintype is a unique image on a sheet of metal, whose warm monochromatic tones are beautifully rich and tonal. My subject matter currently is both still life and portraiture.
Having recently moved to Herefordshire, I hope to continue events that were a regular feature of my London life. I would have 3 or 4 Open Studio weekends during the year with visitors able to see my work as well as have me make portraits during the event. The intention is to expand on this and include workshops and teaching here at my Longtown studio - Black Barn Arts.
After graduating from Oxford University in 1977 with a Botany degree, I embraced my passion for photography initially by assisting numerous photographers based in London. By 1983 I had started my own photographic studio and have worked for 4 decades creating work for advertising and editorial clients around the world, winning numerous creative awards along the way. The past 15 years has included a larger and larger percentage of my time spent on art rather than commerce. I have had a number of exhibitions at Messums as well as Michael Hoppen Gallery and have had work shown at the National Portrait Gallery and at the Royal Academy.
At Messums in Cork Street and Messums Wiltshire
Royal Academy Summer Show