All in Inspiration

Driven To Abstraction

Increasingly, I am drawn to dreamy, abstract, almost painterly qualities that can be achieved with multiple exposures, long exposures, intentional camera movements and selective focusing. These effects can be created in-camera or combined in post editing. This is very much experimental photography and I am captivated by the dimensions of energy, movement and flux that can be conveyed to create multiple layers of interpretation. You may say that I am driven to abstraction.

Manchester’s Northern Quarter was once the centre of the city’s thriving nineteenth century cotton industry. Between the Second World War and the 1980s, the area became depressed and largely abandoned until a regeneration programme attracted independent businesses. These days the area is once again booming, this time as a popular destination for alternative bars, cafes, fashion and record shops. There is no shortage of creative inspiration amongst a network of narrow streets and alleys hosting constantly evolving street art, including spectacular large-scale murals created by internationally-renowned artists.

I have enjoyed viewing and judging the entries in Wirral Festival of Firsts Smartphone Photo Competition. May I take this opportunity to commend the vision and enthusiasm of the organisers who have recognised smartphone photography as a serious photographic art form. Choosing the winning shots was a challenge due to so many interesting entries. After much deliberation, I am pleased with my final choices and I congratulate the winners. Smartphone photography is the most popular way of taking pictures and these winning entries are proof of the quality that is achievable. In every competition there has to be losers, if you were unlucky this time then please don’t lose confidence in your shots; learn from the experience and keep pushing yourself to take more shots and develop your skills.