Photography is often just seen as images created with a camera, but there are many ways in which you can make cameraless photography using alternative process. What is interesting is how the alternative process exploration has moved into the digital era.
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Michael has a background as a landscape painter, painting predominantly from the photographs he took, typically of urban environment. Photography’s influence over painting and vice versa has always been prevalent since its dawning. Richard Billingham’s series Ray’s a Laugh was famously taken as a series of images for him to paint from, it was only after he was told the photos were better that he explored the idea of himself as a photographer rather than a painter.
“The series evokes the abstract works of Gerhard Richter while retaining a realism that photography achieves, upon closer inspection, these images are documentative of the 21st century urban domain; interior and exterior.”
Michael’s paintings were usually heavily dictated by concrete, glass and metal structures in the everyday. His photographs serving as various compositional tools to work from. It was through the process of scanning the images that Michael began to experiment with the movement of the image whilst in the scanner. Giving the image fluidity Michael draws the photo back to a more painterly quality and invites you to assess them closely.