With ‘Fugitive Light’, I create art that is as ephemeral as the moment of its creation. Each image exists only in a single instance, and the process by which they were created ensures that they cannot be replicated. Those that I find the most appealing, and can bear to part with, are available for sale as original fine art prints or high definition prints on polished aluminium.
The Original Works on this site are one-of-a-kind and no longer exist anywhere else. If purchased, these impressions will also be deleted. All works are signed and supplied with a certificate of authenticity which includes my guarantee that all source material has been destroyed so that the image can never be recreated.
I make the fine art prints myself with archival quality inks and paper, for you to frame as you wish. The HD Metal Prints are ready to hang complete with a float frame. The works will last for decades with proper care. I supply each piece with a pair of cotton gloves for handling. I also supply wall hooks suitable for hanging and levelling the HD Metal pieces. I will not release a piece until the finished quality is up to my own standards, so please allow a little time for preparation and delivery.
All prices include postage or delivery within the UK. If you would like to buy a piece and require international shipment, please use the contact page to send me a message so that we can make appropriate arrangements.
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I have some unsold prints, mounted and framed, originally produced for exhibition. For evident reasons, I cannot display them here. If you would like to arrange a viewing, please do get in touch.
Photographers are taught to consider form, composition, lighting and gesture in order to create great images for posterity. We strive to anticipate when a conjunction of light, object and event will allow us to capture that which Henri Cartier-Bresson called “The Decisive Moment”. We preserve and hoard these moments making them permanent, whilst photographic reproduction enables their propagation which, in the digital realm, is virtually without limit. Thus a photograph not only excises a moment out of time and extends it indefinitely, it also unnaturally multiplies its spatial presence.
Like all photographers, I strive to create beautiful images that I can share with others. I usually achieve this through careful planning and preparation. I preserve moments as if they were objects and revisit them often, indeed my library holds many such images. However, I find this sometimes lacks the sheer delight of experiencing a never-to-be-repeated moment of perfect beauty.
Therefore, I have decided to challenge the nature of my practice with a project called Fugitive Light. My aim is to remain focussed on the immediate moment and not to accumulate conceptual and artistic baggage over time. I have chosen to make images that are ephemeral by focussing my lens on stochastic systems. A stochastic system is one in which a process is governed by chaos and so the outcome is never predictable nor repeatable. The aim is to produce one-of-a-kind artworks and then let them go within a fleeting moment.
Every Fugitive Light image is numbered sequentially upon creation, even the initial tests and all the failures. I curate the images, selecting those that appeal to me and discarding the majority. To preserve the fleetingness of each image, I have decided that they will only ever exist in a single instance, either in my camera, on my hard disk or as a piece of original art. As soon as an image is transferred to a new medium, I delete the source file and any backups. Once they are gone they are gone, and that includes losses due to operator error or equipment failure. Similarly, once a piece of art is sold, I am unlikely to ever see the image again. This process really challenges my acquired photographic nature, which screams at me to hoard all my images indefinitely. It also means that I cannot build up a portfolio of previously sold works and so must rely on the appeal of my art only in the present moment.
Since starting this project I have discovered that there is an Arabic novel by Mohamed Berrada, about an artist in Tangier, which is entitled Fugitive Light. I hope that Mr Berrada will forgive me but I see little likelihood of confusion between the two.