Paul Burgess

Paul Burgess

 

About

I’m an art photographer and photography tutor, based in Chevening, near Sevenoaks, in rural Kent. I’m the wrong side of middle age and have been fascinated by photography since the age of 5, when I first used my father's Brownie 127 to produce what I suspect were pretty dreadful monochrome images. As a frustrated artist (many thoughts zero ability), photography is the ideal artistic medium to allow me to express myself.

Over the years, I have found light, the ever changing landscape and the elements that make it up eternally inspiring. I'm currently working on different ways of exploring these elements both outdoors and in the studio.

Perhaps, because of my legacy in film (I don't feel that an image is complete unless it is a finished print) I focus my output on prints and books. Every screen gives a different rendition and only a finished print or book ensures that the image appears as I visualised it when I made it.

In the early 2000's I had the privilege of teaching film based photography to classes adults, over a 2 year period which made me look closely at the things that I'd done automatically over the last 30 years. I’m currently fulfilling my lifelong ambition, focussing on art photography, coaching and training, whilst studying for a degree in Photography from the University of Kent.

To me photography as a way of seeing, rather than producing the technically “pixel perfect” image.

Influences

During the 1990's I learnt a great deal from Fay Godwin and John Blakemore, who helped me to develop the style I have and to make images that please me rather than always trying to please other people (if you like my images that is great by the way). I also love the work of Paul Strand, Harry Callahan and Jane Bown.

Over the last three years I've gained a great deal from the teaching, mentoring and friendship of Seamus Ryan who has taught me different ways of seeing and interpreting the world (his images of flowers are awesome).

For the last 9 months, I’ve had the privilege to work with Dr. Roger Hopgood as my university tutor. His knowledge and enthusiasm for photography as an art form are an ongoing inspiration and influence in my work.

Medium

Having been brought up using film and making my own prints in the darkroom, I moved to digital fairly early on mainly because of the convenience and lower time cost. That said, I still make traditional silver images both in 6x6 and in large format and am starting to work with traditional processes using digital negatives. I have recently added an Intrepid 5x4 large format camera to my kit. I find that the slowness and discipline of large format photography is a relaxing alternative to the instant gratification of digital.

Equipment

Over the years I've moved from the a mix of Hasselblad 6x6 and a string of 35mm film cameras to DSLR’s - I currently use a Nikon D800 for most of my work, plus a mix of 35mm film cameras and my 5x4

I own an Epson 3880 printer which lets me to produce beautiful art prints up to A2 size in house, controlling the production process from start to finish.