I had always seen myself as a stills photographer, capturing a moment that tells a story about the subject. However necessity has led me to experiment with moving images too. My wife Laura had wanted video demonstrations to show techniques on her website, but in 2020 with normal life put on hold Laura and I embarked on building a YouTube channel to keep her engaged with her following. We have now published a significant number of videos ranging from very straight forward ‘how-to’ video to more ‘life-style’ films showing Laura editioning a print, or cutting blocks. Unexpectedly I have found that I was mistaken: video is quite different, but I feel quite at home in the medium and still see my photographic self in the results. The first link below is to Laura’s YouTube Channel, if you are interested in printmaking then there is much to enjoy there.
The videos shown here are some examples of the work I have done, using the video capabilities of the stills cameras I own and more recently using a GoPro Camera. I feel the same way about Video as I do about stills photography: The technicalities of how photography works offer some of the most interesting opportunities. So my video output so far has exploited time-lapse and shallow depth of field.
Where I see that I can say more with moving images I will continue to experiment and hopefully will produce something that still appears to be in my style, but I do not see it as the logical progression from stills in the same way that colour is not the logical progression from black and white. It is just an alternative, another language that comes with its own set of nuance.