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Abstract Focus   88 photographs by Christopher Phillips

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  ISBN 978-09538-150-5-0 Published July 2012
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Abstract forms in photography are often associated with large-scale nature; fragments of mountains, forests, rocks, sand dunes, seas or by contrast with the microscopic structure of the hidden world. Because photography is by its nature literal and descriptive, it is overly dependent on its descriptive content to give it meaning.

I am more interested in capturing ambiguous images that transcend this literalness and can be read, visually, in multiple ways. Ambiguity comes from an unexpected play of colour, or an unusual viewpoint that conflates un-connected subjects. This dissonance is a liberation from the descriptive, allowing for a more abstract interpretation. Formal abstraction takes precedence over subject matter.

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Trunks and Trees   104 photographs by Christopher Phillips

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 ISBN 978-09538-150-2-9 Published December 2011
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As with my previous book "City Still Lives" I did not set out to make a book about trees. It happened when I realised I had a large number of photographs of trees - drawn by their calm presence and their strength, a counterpoint to the urban environment.

I had no pre-defined agenda of how trees should be portrayed. I walk a lot: through parks, through woods and the countryside. The images defined themselves through the act of walking. The framing was always triggered by a moment's observation: a combination of things -light, then texture, presence, power, unexpected delicacy and often some anthropomorphic connection.

The well-trodden, quiet, romantic landscape is my context. And just below the level of consciousness the influences of the painted tree as depicted in the landscapes of Poussin, Courbet, the Barbizon School, Palmer, and Paul Maitland.

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City Still Lives      98 photographs by Christopher Phillips

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In representing the city I prefer to avoid photographing the iconic modern building. It already receives a disproportionate amount of attention and is all too often read as a one-liner.  Bereft of context it usually justifies itself as a magic engine of urban regeneration, simplistically shouting money and power.

More interesting are the ambiguous structures that are the real fabric and character of the city. Buildings as abstract collages of colour and texture with strong geometric forms are what I seek. The challenge is to make visible the ordinary. Photography for me reveals both the unexpected and the formal. Abstraction is achieved without resorting to digital manipulation.

The photographs are arranged to play off each other - they are not just part of a topological series. Each image stands up on its own merit - but the whole, I hope, adds up to more than the sum of its parts.

Front of House - The space between the road and the front door.

This public facade is often thought of as just an extension of the street - home begins the other side of the front door. So, dominating this space we have the utility meter, recycling bins and often quite a lot of rubbish.

I am not interested in glamorising this detritus. What my photographs do is invoke the presence of human activity. They register the weekly drama of an ever changing theatrical space. Discarded failures of consumerism are haphazardly displayed, seas of scaffolding herald change. The optimism of renewal is ever present.

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