The City

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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.

   
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