When Eddie Ephraums asked if he could feature me and my photographic practice in Black + White Photography Magazine, I was delighted. I have subscribed for years and love receiving it every month – never thinking that I’d be featured in such an inspiring magazine! We had had a meeting to discuss various things, including the opportunity to go on one of his workshops, but it was when I showed him images from a personal project on artists that he really connected and got excited.
It is the first time any of the images from this project have been published, or even seen, so I was a bit nervous of putting them out there, but I love the article, which Eddie wrote having had numerous conversations with me.
I’ve set out below the snippets around each photo, in case you don’t get a chance to see the article in person:
Jo met John Somerville, a renowned sculptor and severe stroke survivor, when his life-sized bronze sculpture of Spike Milligan had just been unveiled. She sought to portray ‘John’s gentle nature and thoughtful countenance, coupled with his resilience and determination to continue enjoying his creativity.’ It’s not just the expression on his face, but the thoughtful white space above him that I love about this image.
The words ‘engineering’ and precision’ preoccupied the sculptor Charles Hadcock, so Jo used them to tap into his work, to create a beautifully engineered composition of his gallery space. All that remained was to position him – precisely – at the end of a strong diagonal, next to one of his sculptures.
The artist Saskia Gall combines drawing, painting and 3D work. She talked to Jo about the dichotomy of violence and fragility, and the tensions of mind and body, which Jo sought to reflect in this image. The most successful images are often the more abstract ones, as in this blurred picture of the artist seen through her own art.
I also thought it was interesting that Eddie was reminded of Elliott Erwitt when he spoke to me, as I have a number of his books! He quoted Erwitt: ‘Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.’
If you want to read more, most major chains of newsagents stock B+W magazine so get to your local one and purchase a copy – you may be inspired to pick up your camera!
And if you want to find out more about my personal projects, which fuel my artistic soul, then do get in touch.