Point Load by John Seely and Sweet Chestnut by Kay Matthews
John makes photographic images abstracted from landscape and natural objects. He uses photographic techniques that only became available with the arrival of digital technology: multiple exposures made in the camera, blending different images in Photoshop, intentional camera movement, and the manipulation of exposure, saturation, and hue using a variety of software.
It is true that ‘the camera cannot lie’, but it can depict things that cannot be seen by the naked eye, and so create an impressionistic vision of the world in which we live. It can make us appreciate hue brightness and saturation, pattern shape and texture in new and exciting ways. John hopes that the images in this exhibition challenge visitors to look afresh at the world around them.
Some of the images in this exhibition were first seen at John’s solo show, Alternative Landscapes, in December 2019 at Number 8, Pershore’s community arts centre and gallery. A few were first shown in January 2019 at East Lodge Gallery as part of the group exhibition Intentions. They come from two projects, In a dark wood, and Waterside. Other images are from new work, still in progress at the time of writing.
John is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society and has a Master’s degree in Shakespeare and Theatre. In his career as a freelance author and editor of educational books, he worked in the field of documentary photography. His photographs were used in books published by Oxford University Press and Heinemann Educational. Photographic projects took him to many interesting places including Kenya and Pompeii and Herculaneum. Now that he has more time for personal work, and doesn’t have to worry about deadlines, he relishes the opportunity to engage in a more reflective and imaginative kind of photography.
Kay Matthews is a print-creator of the everyday world around her, enjoying the combination of photography, linocut and handmade books.
She takes photographs everywhere, whether she’s at home, walking in the countryside and coast, or exploring a city. She’s constantly drawn to landscapes, structures, details, and ever-changing light and shadow. Her linocuts are based on her own photographs and bring the textures and shapes into a different type of print, allowing her to get her hands dirty! After an intensive course in bookbinding she was inspired to use her photographs as book covers, integrate her love of patterned papers and creating handmade books.