I have practised for 25 years in the UK industry, am
interested in and research the subject of Cinematography. On one level this is
the art of capturing the image, sometimes through illuminating the subject,
sometimes by making wise choices about how you expose the light reflecting from
what is in front of you onto your capture medium, be it photo-chemical or
electronic. On another level the notion of reflection as contemplation is paramount in that you
must consider what is happening to both the material of light and what that
means in relation to human experience.
extremely specific, by examining the increasing capabilities of motion imaging,
this is also a way of looking into the development of Digital Technologies and
how this tsunami of innovation is affecting everything we know which has
previously been framed through writing. The human gaze employs many strategies
to examine the world, Chomsky speaks about language and thought and their
co-dependent arising, but concurrent with these two is the energy of the gaze
which is a bi-directional energy. Todays screen and yesterdays cave wall were
both mediators of two time periods: 'now' and 'before'. Cinematography, because
it is a way of enabling images to appear on the screen, is a mediator of both
'now' and what came before. It seems to me to be a tool, if used as a metaphor, for
whatever the human gaze is currently developing as a strategy to define its
I spent 25
years as a cinematographer and programme maker, creating many projects which
have been nominated and in some cases won awards, such as the Grierson
Documentary Award, RTS Award, Prix Italia, Prix Graph Montbeliard, Pro-max,
South West Screen Production award, SWS Writing award, Prix Nikki Amsterdam. My
work is held in National and International collections and I have had
retrospectives at various international festivals including, Rome Film
Festival, 2010. One of my recent AHRC works, 'In Re Ansel Adams', has been accepted into the permanent collection of the Harris Museum in Preston.
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