About Seduced by Light

A Short(ish) History of My Photography

Seduced by Light

Ever since I was a small boy I played the silver ball! Oh wrong story…Of course from the Film Tommy, performed by The Who. Ever since I was a small boy I have been fascinated by light and shadow and the paterns that it can make, as I am sure many children are. One of my earliest memories is of what I called Ra, the passing shadow of a soaring bird with wings outstretched gliding over head on a sunny day, I have no idea why I called it that, possibly because that was all I could manage to say initially, I had no idea what it was or how it was caused, I know now that Ra was the shadow cast by a bird’s wings from the direct sunlight, Ra (Pronounced Rah) being the Egyptian Sun God, maybe apt. Since then light and shadow has become something of an obsession, so I guess the natural progression was for it to take a form in my photography, without light there cannot be shadow, hence the title “Seduced by Light” which I have taken from My old Blog and adopted for my website to keep it within a consistent theme. There are several styles of photography that I undertake, some of which are pretty shadowless, but of course depend on light, there are also some that are very shadow orientated, however you look at it, its about light and shadow, seduced by light and shadow is a bit long winded, so, seduced by light it is.

 

Mission

To create thought provoking and interesting visuals with a box that collects and records light and any available light emitting source.

A short history

I am Simon and this is my story. I am a photographer based in the northern UK (Scotland to be exact) and work with digital mostly these days but I do still use film on occasion. I started out photographically at the age of 8 where I worked as a darkroom assistant for 2 years before even picking a camera up, that knowledge became very important in later years. The photographer that I was working for gave me my first camera and taught me the basics step by step, I was hooked, maybe I will do the same thing to someone one day.

My photography

My photography covers many genres and is limited only by my imagination and the ability to achieve what I want, some of my ideas and indeed experiments don’t work ha ha! My mainstay in latter years is with the photography of people, including Fashion, glamour, fine art and figure nude, although I will and do work with numerous other styles. Additionally I work with landscape, wildlife and motor sport (sometimes) to name just a few. I like to collaborate with the people that I work with, to find the inner “them” instead of just telling them what to do, this method works for me and can produce unique, emotional and expressive images. I also work with an artist on occasion, who will then use my photographic work to produce artworks in one or more of several media types, something I wish to do more of as time permits.

Light and Shadow

Dark is the door, light is the key, the between is what we see. Ever since I was a small boy I have been fascinated by light and shadow and the patterns that it can make, as I am sure many children are. One of my earliest memories is of what I called Ra, the passing shadow of a soaring bird with wings outstretched gliding over head on a sunny day, I had no idea what it was or how it was caused, I know now that Ra was the shadow cast by a bird’s wings from the direct sunlight, Ra (Pronounced Rah) being the Egyptian Sun God, maybe apt. The play of light, shadow and reflection that can occur is what I am drawn to.

Black and White

Black, white and Monochromatic tones, dynamic high contrast photography with the emphasis on light and shadow, rather than colour, although similar in their approach, the colour work aiming to be vibrant and vivid colours, while the black and white concentrates more on tones, detail and texture. I have a nostalgic passion for monochromatic as that is where it all began, mostly because colour film was more  expensive to use and process and therefore it was only used for special occasions or projects, while that is no longer much of an issue it is still a process that I enjoy.

Lightpainting and Night

I have always been fascinated how the world can look so different at night and take on a whole different dynamic with different colours that are usually seen in the daytime. Back in September 2006 I attended a mini LightPainting tutorial lead by David McAleavy of LightPainting.org who I had met a couple of times at social events in Glasgow, I had admired his work since I first came across it in early 2005, having had a few plays with the technique, I was more drawn to the possibilities that it had with locations.