Beauty, Nude and Portrait
I started my artistic career as a painter in 1983. I then moved into three dimensional work and finally I took up the camera as an art making tool. I bring all these disciplines together in making photographic work. I develop the concept, make costume, sets and props, do the shoot and apply painting skills through work on photo-manipulation. I have worked with over 120 models from 31 countries in the last fifteen years. I make my work primarily for exhibition in art galleries and museums around the world, most frequently in Italy, France and the U.S. My work has featured on the covers and in articles in fine art journals in several countries . My work has also won numerous awards, including recently several category awards and honourable mentions in the PhotoShootAwards - Nude 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 2018 and Neutral Density 2015 and 2016. My preferred way of working is in close collaboration with the people that I photograph. Locally this often involves "scripting" sessions before a shoot, in which I try to find common ground with the people I'm working with, in terms of their life experiences, what we feel strongly about, etc. I'm most interested in making images that are informed by the model's experience and personality, and not merely based on appearance. In the exploratory stage of the work, I also aim to concentrate on finding the model's strengths and working specifically with those. Some people are particularly strong with facial expression, body language, movement or a strong physical presence. I endeavor to work towards a model's strengths as well as being informed by their life experiences. I have also worked with many models from outside the locality or the country. Collaboration is less intense, but I have had a few brilliant experiences of in-depth exploration through email and phone calls. In such cases I try to allow at least two days to work with someone after they arrive in Ireland. My work has two strong strands: figurative and mythic story telling. The body is a powerful presence in my work. It is both beautiful and raw, strong and vulnerable, sacred and erotic, depending on the story that the model and I are telling. The mythic element comes from my belief that for each one of us the experience of this one life we have is an epic journey. If we fully engage with life it is heroic, ecstatic and tragic; it deserves to be seen in its' epic proportions. Regardless of experience, I do not believe anyone should work for nothing. I pay all models and for any travel required. All I am looking for initially is evidence of being comfortable with fine art nude work and an enthusiastic attitude towards collaboration.
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