Brian Law, ARPS, CPAGB
I live in Macclesfield and have been taking photographs for many years. Like many people, I started working with film and I had my own darkroom for many years where I produced a few passable B&W prints. However, I really struggled to realise the image I had in my mind and for a long while felt very frustrated. It was only through going digital in 2000 that I have been able to produce the sort of images I dreamt about.
I have progressed through a variety of cameras and for a number of years I used a Nikon D200 then a D300s with a range of Nikon and Sigma lenses. Recently however I have started to use an Olympus OMD EM1 which is a really great camera: small, lightweight but giving really high quality images.
I work mainly in colour with a bit of the occaisional B&W. If you look over my site you will find that there are a number of what could be called "straight" images, but much of what I have displayed have been 'processed' in someway, although I do like to keep this to a minimum and preferably not too obvious. Whilst many workers will cite other photographers as their source of influence, I feel my work is has been informed more by painters, particularly the Symbolists and Expressionist. If I had to pick specific painters then Caspar David Friedrich and Vilhelm Hammershoi are artist whose work I greatly admire. They both managed to create a sense of stillness and tranquillity whilst coupling this with a feeling of unease and uncertainty.
A number of years ago I became interested in the Pictorialist photographers who were pioneers of art photography in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. What particularly attracts me to their work is the way they used texture and surface manipulation to create a painterly effect, or often the look of an etching: something I have tried to do with some of my digital images.
In Dec 2010 I received a CPAGB accreditation from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (PAGB) and in Dec 2011 I became a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS) which I followed up with my Associateship (ARPS) in October 2012. My panels of images, some of which can be seen here, can be viewed in full on the Macclesfield Camera Club website.
For 8 years up until 2014 I was president of Macclesfield Camera Club.
I regularly lecture on various aspects of photography including Composition, Landscape Photography and photographic history. I am also an accredited judge with the Lancashire and Cheshire Photographic Union.