Great light can reveal the extraordinary in almost anything. My aim is to use light like a painter, to envelop a scene in a cloak of atmosphere. I want people to feel something when they look at my images; a particular mood.
This is a selection of photos from a personal project, examining how the quality and direction of light can make visible a particular mood in an ordinary scene. I am fascinated by the ephemeral quality of light which can momentarily reveal a mood or atmosphere and then just as quickly make it disappear again.
To begin with, I was shooting joyful high key images flooded with light, often directly into the sun. I even named it the LightProject. But none of these photos are included.
As the project evolved I became beguiled by the softer, muted, colours which appear just before or after the dawn, or when sunlight is diffused by mist. This light resulted in images with a quieter, more contemplative atmosphere.
The final phase of the project was shot with almost no sunlight at all, while wandering the streets of Toronto as my mother was dying and again after her death. These images are much darker and stronger both in colour and atmosphere. I realise in hindsight, that was a reflection of my own personal mood in the photos and that this is that this is probably why I feel they are my best.
‘Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.’
‘Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.’