Despite many people visiting the Photospace Gallery for the first time (often because they've come upstairs for a passport photo) assuming all of the photos in the exhibitions were taken by me, the vast majority have not been. But here's one that was. Actually, it's still up in the office, lurking by the door through to the stockroom (which is also where I take the passport photos).
This was from the first series of Trophies, all shot on the 4"x5" studio camera (first time it'd been out of its box for a while, and the last time, as it happens). It was part of the group show VII, in March-April 2010. Trophies, series II was photographed on medium format film and exhibited in 2013.
A third series is planned, as a fresh stock of minor trophies, sourced from opp shops and elsewhere, is accumulating. In all cases, I've wanted to keep the photography as straightforward as possible; just daylight from a window, and a reflector on the opposite side. This, and indulging in the pleasure of shooting film and using the darkroom, have made it feel different to and separate from my actual photographic work (which is mostly done from behind a digital camera and a computer).
So when people ask, Is this your work? it's tempting to say No, I just made it for fun. But that's not the greatest sales pitch.
Or is it?
Photography Matters II