Primordial Helium

Poor Old Oss

1985: A Small Odyssey

Identikitted Out 

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Helium-4

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The Night

I am an artist and photographer currently living and working in the U.K. Before returning to education age 30 I worked principally as a labourer in a large town in the North of England.

The current obsession with selfies is an important starting point to my practice, this has developed into using self-portraiture to question society and the media’s influence on our lives. 

Over the past 5 years I have been working on a larger body of work that has looked broadly at British male identity. Using self-portraiture and still life I’ve researched themes of masculinity, sexuality, gender fluidity and plural identity and how these interplay with the culture in the North West of England where I grew up and entered the labour market.

For the past 2 years I have used a large format camara. This is important to my practice as making images on film creates an indexical link to my understanding of the themes at the very moment the latent image is produced.

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