Local photographer Stephen Hodgetts is showing a collection of his black and
white images these are in the form of abstract studies of architecture and still
Stephen has been working in black and white for over twenty years and has a
particular interest in producing creative images using the affect of monochrome
to emphasise shape and form. His work has been published in international
photography magazines as well as being invited to talk to the Royal Photography
Sociality about his work.
Stephen explains his approach to photography as “A photographic image is made
up of many elements, it’s up to the individual to interpret the elements and
produce the final image as seen in ones “minds eye”. My work is my personnel
interpretation of what I see. Before I take a photograph I always try to
visualize what the final image may look like “
In the early 20th century The Photo-Secession movement was formed to promote
photography as a fine art. A group of photographers lead by Alfred Stieglitz
& F Holland Day held the controversial viewpoint that what was significant
about a photograph was not what was in front of the camera but the manipulation
of the image by the photographer.
Jon, who grew up on Leek’s Hargate Estate, studied at Leek College before
studying BA (Hons) Fine Art at University Derby and then gaining an MA in
European Fine Art at Winchester School of Art.
Jon Braley’s paintings are about how we relate to nature in an urban,
technological age. The more we live in cities and cocoon ourselves from the
natural world, the more we become separated from it. In the process, ‘nature’
seems to have become like a commodity or consumable idea that we have come to
see as separate from ourselves. Like ancient myth or legend, the natural world
has managed to become something romanticised but distant: an essential part of
our identity that we nevertheless have increasing trouble reconnecting with.
Jon is a successful modern artist living and working in London last year he
was amongst just 45 artists showing their work at the prestige’s Walker Art
Josh prefers painting on the large scale and is currently using landscape as
inspiration for his work and is increasingly drawn to more abstraction. He says
of his work ‘my paintings all develop differently although it is the experiment
with paint in the initial stages that decides the tenor of the final piece’. In
many of his pieces previous paintings can be seen under the final stages as the
colour is built up.
Josh Howard is currently studying Art and Design at Leek College. Josh won
joint 1st prize in the 2D/3D category at this year’s Staffordshire Moorlands
Open Art Exhibition and 1st prize in last year’s Staffordshire Moorlands Open
Art Exhibition in the same category. His work is already in private and