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Christopher John Ball BA (Hons) MA is a widely exhibited and published, award winning, London based, fine arts photographer, playwright, filmmaker, lecturer and campaigner. With over 30 years experience as a photographer - his work is in public and private collections worldwide. Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery are currently hosting a retrospective of the documentary work that Chris undertook, supported by the Arts Council in the 80's, of Blackburn. The collection of images will be stored, by the Borough of Blackburn, for future use by researchers, as the Christopher John Ball Collection.
He has contributed articles on photography for various publications and has acted as an external moderator for several photographic courses in London. His images have been showcased in Italian, German, Spanish, Hong Kong SAR, British and mainland Chinese publications and also displayed within the pages of several respected online galleries. He has also been interviewed, and filmed at work, for Television programmes that have been transmitted in Europe, the USA and Great Britain.
During 2018 Chris will be co-writing and co-directing two motion pictures. 'The House Rules' explores disability politics through the genre of the English ghost story - imagine an M. R. James ghost story filmed by Ken Loach. Whereas the second feature 'A Walking Shadow', now half completed and taking in locations such as London, Blackburn, Goole, Scarborough and Flamborough Head, is set ten minutes into the future, in a world facing a world war, and explores the impact upon one individual who takes an appalling course of action.
Christopher was selected as a juror for both the 2008/09 'Erotic Signature' annual international arts competition and the 'Erotic Review Photographer of the Year Prize 2009.' In 2011 Chris sat on the international Jury for the 2011 '12 inches of Sin' competition and juried exhibition sponsored by the Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas and organised by Dr Laura Henkel. The 2012 '12 inches of Sin' juried exhibition saw Chris sitting on the selection committee of what is fast becoming a prestigious annual diary entry for artists. He was again asked to sit on the selection committee for the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 '12 Inches of Sin' competitions.
He recently had work on show at the 'Erotic Heritage Museum' in Las Vegas, USA, the 'ArtBay Gallery' in Stoke on Trent, UK and the 'She Said' Gallery, Brighton, UK, Milton Keynes, UK and various London venues including 'The Trocadero' and 'Olympia'. Chris has more exhibitions, projects and publications planned for 2017/18 including a major exhibition that is planned to tour the UK starting in 2018.
After several years within a commercial photographic background, including running his own studio, Chris became more interested in using photography as a fine arts medium and, along with exploring its role within 'community arts' and education, this is now the direction his work takes him.
Drawing inspiration from philosophy, film, music and disability politics; Chris believes that how we see ourselves, alongside our objectification by the camera, society and the state, takes the form of an existential challenge and his work is an exploration of this rationale. Whilst his work covers both social documentary and fine art, his methodology is consistent throughout. His images explore and play with the 'sense of distance', 'lack of access', the 'mundane banality of modern life'. The themes of a 'sense of distance' and 'lack of access' have become increasingly important to Christopher as his disability deteriorates. The reaction of 'others' to a visible impairment can often be hostile leaving one feeling an 'outsider' 'looking in' and 'kept out'.
Given that he is also a writer, and because he sees in photography a strong link to literature, it should come as no surprise to find that his photographs are made to work in series so as to create a visual narrative. Rarely working from studios - the choice of everyday locations for his photographs is a deliberate intent to emphasise a mundane theatricality.
He often uses non-conventional photographic equipment - such as pin-hole, Holga, Diana, home-made, adapted and vintage cameras - and alternative photographic processes, such as the cyanotype, to create a specific aesthetic.
"...sensual nudes that pay homage to the female form in a manner that is both graceful and elegant. Very rarely do we come across a portfolio that strikes us so deeply..." - The New Nude Magazine
Christopher also acts as a fine art/photography advisor, international photographic competition juror, portfolio consultant and exhibition curator. He has experience in facilitating and advising on art based/lifestyle TV programming - in particular fine art photography and erotic arts. In addition to his fine art work Chris has also produced several photographic projects of a socio-documentary nature that have attracted Arts Council funding.
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Over the past 7 years, due to the unprecedented and pernicious Government attacks on disabled people and carers, which the UN in 2017 called a 'human catastrophe', Chris has found himself campaigning heavily on disability related issues, participating in demonstrations, meeting and lobbying MP's etc. This campaigning work has eaten into Christopher's photography time but he hopes to do more in 2017. If you are interested in taking part, please make contact.
In addition to his teaching and photographic work; Chris also works in film and theatre. ''Throwing Stones'' was co-written by Christopher John Ball and Dean Sipling. 'Throwing Stones' was published in October 2013 in an updated version and is available through Amazon.
“Throwing Stones has just opened at the Greenwich Playhouse and it enters the dark and perverse world of child pornography in a studied and highly creative way. Indeed, it comes close to being a totally absorbing evaluation of what some might believe is true art while others might cringe in horror at the sight of what they see is an indecent image ... Anton Krause’s direction is impeccable; Helen Chadney, Christopher Vian-Smith, Shaun Stone and Geraldine Garner generate performances which are outstanding while Laura Murphy exudes sex from every pore.” - Roy Atterbury – Bexley Times
“Mid-life male photographer meets young, nubile female student-cum-artistic muse - so far its old hat. But photographer turned playwright Christopher John Ball and co-writer Dean Sipling, whose background is film and television, bring the pairing into a thoroughly contemporary world of intercepted emails, sinister insinuation and sharp retorts. Their ‘guilty until proved innocent’ plot ... is thoroughly watchable and believable - perhaps as a result of Ball’s professional insights and DS Dom Lucas’ services as police advisor to the production.” - Barbara Lewis – The Stage
"This is fringe theatre at its best, experimental, vaguely existential" - Clifford Thurlow - The New Nude Magazine.
"The writers... bravely tackle this controversial subject to produce a challenging and thought-provoking modern drama." - Bromley Times
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