I was invited by Irish poet, writer and screenwriter – Patrick Chapman – to contribute cover photography for his latest collection of poetry; titled ‘Slow Clocks of Decay’. Delighted to do so. The shot selected is of a forlorn rose in my garden on a cold winter’s day. I admired its fortitude in the face of diminishing odds of surviving the north-easterly winds buffeting our garden and decided to capture the rose’s plight in photography. Admiration is also in order for Patrick’s latest work of poetry. As the sleeve notes succinctly states, Patrick’s seventh poetry collection succeeds in ‘Exploring universal themes through the lens of his remarkable imagination’. I’ve selected a poem from the collection that encompasses the transient themes of Patrick’s work. The impermanence of everything. If you are interested in discovering more of Patrick’s work, please follow the link: http://www.salmonpoetry.com/bookshop-search.php
Thanks to digital, we now live in a picture perfect world. Perfectly polished pixels that only a computer could make and love; but we are not algorithmic machines – perfect is boring. I’ve always been a big fan of the imperfections of painting. The yellowing varnish, the hairline cracks, and the tarnish of time all add to the art and aesthetic of the painting. I originally shot the above images on my DSLR. They looked good enough – but lacked intrigue. A bit too picture postcard. I uploaded them to my iPhone and applied textures using photo apps to give them a more ‘painterly’ personality. Hope you like the series of images – and should you like one of the images enough to want a pristine print on your wall, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll chat about print sizes, prices and shipping arrangements. Thank you for your visit.