Following a successful advertising photography career Hugh now directs his creativity to constructing surreal photographic imaginations.
His aesthetic references cultural and ecological themes or follows an intriguing childlike vision of adventure, travel and fantasy.
Both approaches result in his trademark whimsical landscapes; scenes that belie the origins of the final made image.
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THE INSPIRATION: Discovered distressed walls, stained and marked in ways that suggest landscapes and scenes. THE PALLETE: The textures and colours, cracks and crumblings, stains and peelings, moss and grime of the walls. The final surreal scenes engineered by adding and overlaying images to fulfil the narrative. click on thumbnails for the bigger picture, 'esc' or click red cross to return
Pareidolia is the mind responding to patterns and interpreting them as familiar things. Each wall I photograph is being reclaimed by the organisms growing there, the patterns they form suggesting their own landscape. To the wall photographs multiple images are overlaid, manipulated and blended.
The constructs represent an aesthetic vocabulary referencing humankind's disregard for our planet; environmental issues that need addressing urgently. My intention is to create surreal landscapes that belie their true origin while testifying to and illustrating the real conflict we face. The writing is on the wall- we are too complacent.click on thumbnails to see the writing on the wall, 'esc' or click red cross to return
Some concrete walls contoured with mould and populated with lichen seemed to characterise underwater scenes etched into the masonry. I played with the notion by juxtaposing pond water, reeds and fish over the lichen covered stone canvas. The curious effect brought to life- recreating the imagined scenes.
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The initial creative spirit behind the Island series was to explore fantasy sea faring adventures. As the project progressed it soon took on a contemporary political dynamic. The islands appeared isolated with unknown hostilities and unknown predicaments.Stormy clouds, rain and dampness permeate yet there is still a contrary feeling with an underlying sense of mystery and adventure.
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I came across this location in Llantwit Major, South Wales, with billions of Jurassic boulders. It was obvious there were photographs to be made here; but how eluded me. I sat for a couple of hours contemplating the millions of grey scattered boulders. The light changed, the tide receded, people came and went but the rocks were silent; I could not see the photograph.
About to concede, my own big bang theory evolved. The rocks, seemingly infinite and randomly dispersed, had an affinity with the Universe. So, with a little intervention and a further trip to photograph the 3000 million year old pink rocks of Perros-Guirec, Brittany these divergent cosmic worlds were made.
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Nicknamed by researchers as the 'wood wide web', trees communicate with each other via fungal networks to combat threats. Using this underground network they share information and resources giving special attention to their offspring. In return the fungus is supplied nutrients.
Uncovering a pile of damp rotting pine planks I stumbled across myriads of intricate fronds of fungus that had weaved their way around the rotting wood. As each fungus laden layer was exposed diminutive forests were revealed. By merging images of pine trees with the fungus I set about photographically exploring their relationship. The resemblances between the trees and their symbiotic partner re-imagined into surreal forest landscapes.
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The long golden sand beach at Montalivet, France had a section where decayed and compressed black forest matter was released from the Dunes in rivulets. It was here I photographed the Wizard, the first photograph in this series, he waved his arms wildly creating spells and unknown havoc. His visage and other magical creations were made by the black grains released from and distributed by streams etching shapes and river deltas across the golden sand.
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2017 Solo show, The Bocabar, Bristol
2018 Art Trail Solo show at Studio, Bristol
2018 Solo Show, Guildhall Chambers, Bristol
2019 Joint Show, Leigh Court, Bristol
2019 Joint Show, Art Trail, St Monicas, Bristol
2019 Open Exhibition, Royal West Academy
Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Gloucester, Hastings, London,
Maidenhead, Scunthorpe, Bordeaux, Paris, Sydney.