‘It is part of the photographer’s job to see more intensely than most people do… It is an innate gift, varying in intensity with the individual’s temperament and environment.’ Bill Brant
A description of my work by Britart Eyestorm:
The landscape of consumer society is full of hi-tech environments, precisely designed to prime us for the excess of information, entertainment and the endless opportunities for individual satisfaction.
Award-winning photographer John Morrison’s remarkable photographs present us with the pristine, machine-like spaces of commercial culture with hallucinatory precision. Exaggerated perspectives of interior design that vanish into the distance, consoles and seating ready for use, Morrison’s pictures pull back from the content of modern culture to focus on the form of its delivery.
Everywhere you turn in Morrison’s world you notice that screens have turned blank; the video monitor, the computer display, the cinema screen or advertising panels in the underground are empty of the web pages, in-flight movies, commercials, and pop promos we expect.
And this absence is repeated in the empty spaces that should be full of people, revealing a strangely purified world where the structure of what we experience becomes the subject.
Morrison’s images are brilliantly seductive, yet by glamorising their subjects, they also subtly undermine the easy charms of the digital culture that surrounds us, giving us a space in which to stand back and observe the saturated surface of the information economy.
Like all good art, his images allow us to gain a new perspective on familiar things. Using the experience of a photograph, Morrison reminds us of all the time we spend amongst the Internet cafes, airports, undergrounds and fitness clubs, and how good it is to look at something different, once in a while. Britart.
Pursuing other interests in design and education over the past ten years has meant not much time for personal photography projects. However, my new job as a lecturer Edinburgh Napier University has inspired me to start realising some of the many ideas, which have been filling my sketchbook.
Can see myself investing in one of www.stills.org new, excellent value month passes, for using their darkrooms and digital production facilities. (Good one Evan :)
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