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INTERVIEW: Manel Ortega

As the ‘Gayzed’ exhibition prepares to close the doors to the public, we are looking at one 0f the featuring photographers, Manel Ortega. We had a chat with him about his inspirations and work, have a look!

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Manel Ortega

Hello Manel! When did you become a member of the GPN and what drew you to the organisation?

I joined the Network two years ago when I was introduced to the group by a friend whose images were featuring in the GPN Annual Exhibition – at The Strand Gallery.

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Manel Ortega

Are there any particular subjects you are interested in and how do you explore them in your work?

I am interested in capturing raw emotion and true spirit and exploring these through all my portraiture.

Where does your inspiration derive from? Are there any photographers or artists that have particularly influenced your work?

I have a huge collection of art and photography – mainly accumulated when I lived and worked in Barcelona. There are many inspirational artists that have influenced my work but some of the key figures are Bruce Webber, Irving Penn and Cecil Beaton.

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Manel Ortega

Are there any specific techniques you use when photographing?

I love using natural light in both my digital and analogue work enhancing my personal style. My personal style is classical and the specific technique I use is patience.

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Manel Ortega

Have you got any future projects planned?

I have a number of projects in the pipeline. I am continuing the Black Portrait Series – one of which is included in the GPN Exhibition. I am also exploring a project to reflect the male form in classical poses and a book of my portraits.

Manel Ortega’s photographs can be seen as part of ‘Gayzed’ until the 20th of October.

If you are interested in Manel’s work visit his website here.

All images © Manel Ortega

INTERVIEW: Chris Gunton

Chris Gunton is one of our current exhibiting artists of the ‘Gayzed’ exhibition by the Gay Photographers Network, here at the Strand gallery. His photographs use light and colour to uncover perceptions of the human body in an intimate way.

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When did you become a member of the GPN and what drew you to the organisation?  

I have been a member of the GPN for more than a year now. I was looking for a group with similar interests in photography and to meet people that I can exchange ideas with.

Are there any particular themes and concepts you are interested in and how do you explore them in your work?

I mainly like to explore the male nude. Light and shadow are very important aspects in reveling the sensual elements of the human form within my work.  I am also interested in Architecture and to experiment with different angles.

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Where does your inspiration derive from? Are there any artists that have particularly influenced your work?

My inspiration mainly comes from a fascination with light, shade and shapes.
I also like to produce black and white  images influenced by the work of Cartier
Bresson, Mapplethorpe and David Bailey.

Are there any specific techniques that you use when photographing? How would you describe your personal style? 

I like to work without to much planning and also prefer to photograph the moment than a pre planned scenario. My style is personal intimate, trying to reveal what isn’t obvious.

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Have you got any future projects planned?

I am currently working on a book and more upcoming exhibitions.

For more information on Chris Gunton’s photography and news visit his blog here.

All images © Chris Gunton.

INTERVIEW: Leigh Carter

We have been interviewing artists form our current exhibition, ‘Gayzed’, and have been inspired by their intriguing photographs. Today we are speaking with Leigh Carter, a talented photographer who works with the male form in a very fresh and interesting way.

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James by Leigh Carter © Leigh Carter

Hello Leigh! When did you become a member of the GPN and what drew you to the organisation?

I was first introduced by another member of the organisation and I have been a full time member for three years now. It seemed a perfect place to meet like-minded photographers and somewhere that I could finally show my work and receive feedback as well as share ideas.

Are there any particular subjects you are interested in and
how do you explore them in your work?

I mainly shoot the male form but I constantly try to work with different genres such as macro and landscapes. Abstracts are starting to dominate my portfolio just lately, concentrating on colour and textures.

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Triangles by Leigh Carter © Leigh Carter

Where does your inspiration derive from? Are there any
photographers or artists that have particularly influenced your work?

I find myself inspired by many artists that also work with the male form but the two that stand out for me are Greg Gorman, for keeping things simple and beautiful and Robert Mapplethorpe for his rawness. I also often jot ideas down while watching TV and film if something interesting catches my eye.

Are there any specific techniques you use when photographing?

If not trying too hard and letting my eye find the image naturally is a
technique, then I guess that would be it!

Have you got any future projects planned?

I’m working on my first male form book right now, it’s been three years in
the making so far. I’m just worried that the perfectionist in me will never
see it complete!

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Fallen by Leigh Carter © Leigh Carter

Leigh Carter’s photographs can be seen as part of our current exhibition ‘Gayzed’, here at the Strand Gallery until the 20th of October.

For more information on this artist you can visit his website here.

INTERVIEW: Geoff Titley

‘Gayzed’ by the Gay Photographer’s Network is well underway, and today we bring you our interview with photographer Geoff Titley.

Geoff Titley

Geoff Titley

When did you become a member of the GPN and what drew you to the organisation?

It was early 2010. I had just returned from my first visit to South America and my interest in photography had been well and truly re-kindled after spending time in the breath-taking Andes. I looked around for a relaxed group to help me develop as a photographer. The GPN was the one I chose. It had a mix of experts and learners coming together in a social way.

Are there any particular subjects you are interested in and how do you explore them in your work?

The role of technology often informs my photographic practice, as it has the ability to change our social behavior. Echoing cultural theorist, Marshall McLuhan, my work discusses how technological advancements have impacted both cultural identity and the role  of photography in 2013. Working digitally allows myself to engage with new medias such as the Internet – in which the “network” becomes the artwork.

Geoff Titley

Geoff Titley

Where does your inspiration derive from? Are there any photographers or artists that have particularly influenced your work?

Artists such as Thomson and Craighead, Theo Watson, Aram Bartholl and Owen Kydd similarly explore the theme of technology. However, I am equally inspired by the “staged construction” genre within photography such as Jeff Wall, Tom Hunter and Philip-Lorca diCorcia.

Are there any specific techniques you use when photographing? How would you describe your personal style?

Each part of the process interests me – hunting for locations, finding actors and working on the edit.  I’ll often focus on the composition of an image in order to heighten the performativity surrounding the “staged construction.”

Have you got any future projects planned?

I intend to expand my series For the Moment by pushing it further into new directions that challenge the relationship between photography and multi-media.

Geoff Titley

Geoff Titley

Geoff’s work can be seen as part of ‘Gayzed’ here at The Strand Gallery until October 20th.

Further examples of Geoff’s work can be seen here.

INTERVIEW: Adam Heasman

Our current exhibition, ‘Gayzed’, has generated some fantastic online content from some incredibly talented photographers. Today we get a deeper insight into one of the exhibited artists and his process through another Q&A session. Todays subject is photographer Adam Heasman.

Adam Heasman

Adam Heasman

Hi Adam! Firstly, when did you become a member of the GPN and what drew you to the organisation?

I joined about a year ago, I can’t remember exactly how I found the Facebook group but I liked the images being shown and wanted to find out more about them. I went along to their monthly meeting and was very impressed at the level of passion shown and the great levels of variations in work. Alot of the local groups I would go along to were very set in their ways, didn’t like anything they hadn’t seen before, which for me was no good. I want to be part of a group that are striving for something different, and the great thing about this group of guys is that they are all still individuals who get together to get feedback rather than just trying to out do or impress each other.

Are there any particular subjects you are interested in, and how do you explore them in your work?

I am very into movies so when I go to shoot anything I think of it trying to capture a still from a film as opposed to being a single frame. I am also very influenced by horror and the macabre so my work will often be quite a dark representation of what I consider reality. I want people to find the beauty that I see in the shadows.

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Adam Heasman

Where does your inspiration derive from? Are there any photographers or artists that have particularly influenced your work?

I guess Alfred Hitchcock and Tim Burton are going to be my two biggest influences. Each of them being extremely able to express their own POV’s in such a way that their styles are now synonymous with their names. As for photographers there is of course alot of work I like, but I am mostly influenced by the  people I meet in real life. I aspire to be as well received as fellow GPN member Manel Ortega whose work always leaves me in awe.

Are there any specific techniques you use when photographing? How would you describe your personal style?

My style is, as I’ve already said, quite dark and brooding. I don’t want to just be another photographer of pretty things that spends all his time with perfect models making images for the cover of magazines. Don’t get me wrong, I would relish the opportunity to show what I can do on a large scale but I feel my work would always look best on the walls of a gallery where the story can be told in a much cleaner and personal environment.

Adam Heasman

Adam Heasman

Have you got any future projects planned?

I want to go back to doing portraits as I have been busy doing other projects so my next big project which I have titled “The Skin I Own” will be looking at body modification and self harming in a series of photos which will hopefully express the idea that for some of us to be comfortable in our own skin, we have to change it.

Adam Heasman

Adam Heasman

All images © Adam Heasman.

Adam’s work can be seen as part of ‘Gayzed’ here at The Strand Gallery until October 20th.

Keep updated with Adam’s artistic ventures through his Twitter @tooapenny and his Facebook.

INTERVIEW: James M Barrett

James M. Barrett explores vulnerability and emotion in this series of mesmerizing and beautiful portraits of men. We asked him a few questions to find out more about his work as a photographer.

Hello James! Tell us, when did you become a member of the GPN and what drew you to the organisation?

Two years ago. I heard it was friendly and welcoming, with interesting creative and talented members. It lived up to its reputation. On my first visit I got heaps of encouragement, and met several people who have become really important friends to me now.

 Are there any particular subjects you are interested in and how do you explore them in your work?

I’m working on a huge series of  portraits of men, exploring ideas of vulnerability, ageing, midlife crisis, and resilience. The style is “harsh beautiful” – exposing every pore and wrinkle, but I hope also capturing something beautiful and robust at the some time.

Jonathan Kemp by James M Barrett

Jonathan Kemp by James M Barrett

Where does your inspiration derive from? Are there any photographers or artists that have particularly influenced your work?

This series emerged when I was shooting physique photography. I worked with models who were astoundingly handsome – I expected them to be arrogant or difficult to direct, but instead discovered that they were often exceptionally vulnerable and uncertain of their desirability. I became curious about the underlying psychology of the experience, and the way we seek so much affirmation through our appearance.

I’m inspired by a wide range of remarkable artists including: Marlene Dumas, Rineke Dijkstra, Pieter Hugo, Lucian Freud.

Jay Morthland by James M Barrett

Jay Morthland by James M Barrett

Do you use any specific techniques when photographing? How would you describe your personal style?

Something very different from the airbrushed and manicured conventions of popular portrait photography. I spend up to 8 hours in post-production building up each image. People often read the the resulting portraits as “brutally honest”, “truthful”, and very revealing of the sitter, and in many ways they are, but they are also highly constructed and more artificial than the glossy images we criticise for being so “fake”.

Any plans for the future?

I’ve shot over 100 portraits in this series so far and I’m still restless to expand the collection! I’ve had a wonderful response, and now get regular commissions so it’s developing a momentum of its own. Although the overall project is the same, I track subtle changes in my approach over time, so the portraits are constantly evolving.

All images © James M Barrett

James’ work can be seen as part of ‘Gayzed‘, brought to The Strand Gallery by the Gay Photographers Network, from the 15th – 20th October.

ARTIST PROFILE: Cliff Docherty

As the week of ‘Gayzed’ is coming to an end, we are focusing on one of the current exhibiting artists, Cliff Docherty. He is a London based, self taught photographer who likes to combine his interests of photography and travelling. Docherty’s pictures are taken in his travels around the UK, Belgium and Portugal.

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His images witness the unexpected scenes that are encountered when travelling and visiting new places. Docherty draws inspiration from the timelessness of postcards and their differentiation from everyday reality.  His photographs mainly explore the contrasting elements that exist within his landscapes. Colour and light become his means to produce his topographic images that can arguably be seen as a photographic journal that narrates his journeys and adventures.

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Cliff Docherty is one of the current featuring artists for the ‘Gayzed’ exhibition by the Gay Photography Network. ‘Gayzed’ will be on display at the Strand Gallery until the 20th of October.

For more information on this artist, visit his website here.

INTERVIEW: Michele Martinoli

Next in our series of artist interviews from the Gay Photographer’s Network Exhibition ‘Gayzed’ is Michele Martinoli. Michele is the only female member of the group and we had a chat with her about her intense photographic portraiture.

Zen by Michele Martinoli

Zen by Michele Martinoli

Hello Michele! Tell us a little more about when you first joined the Gay Photographer’s Network and what drew you to the organisation?

I joined the GPN two years ago and what attracted me specifically to it was the possibility to exhibit alongside other photographers. I am currently the only woman in the group.

Are there any particular subjects you are interested in and how do you explore them in your work?

My photographic interest resides solely on people, their interaction with the world around them and essentially how they want to be portrayed. I try to find the inner soul of my sitters, a portrait that is intrinsically ‘them’.

The Old Man and The Hair by Michele Martinoli

The Old Man and The Hair by Michele Martinoli

Where does your inspiration derive from? Are there any photographers or artists that have particularly influenced your work?

My inspiration derives from many sources, from Norman Parkinson to Herb Rittz, via Robert Mapplethorpe, Dianora Niccolini, Anderson & Low, Andreas H. Bitesnich, Pierre & Gilles, the list gets longer everyday.

Are there any specific techniques you use when photographing? How would you describe your personal style?

Most of my work is now digital and studio based. My lighting is the crucial part and now photoshop does allow me to intensify my objectives. My personal style is quite bold.

Josh by Michele Martinoli

Josh by Michele Martinoli

Any projects planned for the future?

Yes I have a project in the making, studying the life of gay women in their 80’s, how they lived with their sexuality all those years ago, politically and socially.

All images © Michele Martinoli.

‘Gayzed’ will be on show at The Strand Gallery from 15th – 20th October.

ARTIST PROFILE: Javier Gallego

As part of ‘Gayzed‘ here at The Strand Gallery, we want to shed even more of a light on as many of the exhibited artists as possible. Kicking off our special Gay Photographers Network Artist Profile series is Javier Gallego. Javier is a graduate in Film and Photographic Arts and studied Professional Photography at The London College of Printing.

Javier Gallego

Javier Gallego

His photography has been shown at The National Portrait Gallery and has appeared in publications including The Evening Standard and Time Out.

Javier Gallego

Javier Gallego

Javier’s recent series, Portraits, explores the aesthetics of the body, self and identity in portrait photography. These surreal depictions of the human form are all at once startling and intriguing. They draw the viewer in and challenge them to deconstruct the complex compositions.

Javier Gallego

Javier Gallego

 

All images © Javier Gallego.

Javier’s work can be seen as part of ‘Gayzed‘, brought to The Strand Gallery by the Gay Photographers Network, from the 15th – 20th October.

Further examples of Javier’s photography can be found here.

INTERVIEW: John Drennan

As part of the current Gay Photographers Network exhibition, ‘Gayzed‘, we thought it would be a good idea to find out a little more from a few of the artists. First up is John Drennan, a fine art photographer intrigued by themes within landscape, transport, architecture and textures. We asked him a few questions to learn a little more about his work.

John Drennan

John Drennan

Hi John! First off, when did you become a member of the GPN and what drew you to the organisation?

I’ve been a member of the GPN for over five years now. I initially joined as it was a group that allowed me to bring together several different aspects of my life, but I stayed for the cameraderie and lasting friendships that developed, as well as the skills-sharing and opportunities that we can create for ourselves as a group.

Are there any particular subjects you are interested in and how do you explore them in your work?

I’m naturally drawn to textures, particularly stone and metal. But also dereliction in general. I always feel there’s a residual ‘energy’ in objects that have been abandoned, and whilst their original function is finished, there’s very often a second story to be told. My work involves finding that story, and portraying it in a way that’s accessible for people.

John Drennan

John Drennan

Where does your inspiration derive from? Are there any photographers or artists that have particularly influenced your work?

The photographer who influenced me most directly was landscape photographer Dan Warsinger. It was eye opening to see how he sought out things like fallen trees and rocks, just as part of the foreground for the main object of the shot, but made them part of the visual dialogue.

Are there any specific techniques you use when photographing? How would you describe your personal style?

I think the best technique I ever learned was ‘wait’. Sometimes you have to ignore your first impressions of a subject, and wait for the second and third impressions to emerge. Very often that’s just being close to the object you want to capture, trying to distill the thoughts it creates, and then waiting for that ‘there it is moment’ when you understand what’s pulled you towards that object.

John Drennan

John Drennan

Have you got any future projects planned?

The most important future step now is finding some gallery representation. I’ve really been exploring producing work on aluminium and brushed metal surfaces, and it’s time to showcase that work.

John Drennan

John Drennan

All images © John Drennan.

‘Gayzed’ will be on show at The Strand Gallery from 15th – 20th October.

Further examples of John’s work can be viewed at www.boardinginfive.co.uk and on Twitter by following @JohnDrennanArt