Keith Wright, fine art photographer

Lovers%20WalkAt first glance you may think that this photograph by Keith Wright is out of this world – quite literally pictures of other planets in the solar system.

But actually you couldn’t be more wrong. The exquisite ‘globes’ are in fact very much part of our landscape – they are the rivets on the Jubilee Bridge across the Derwent at Matlock Bath.

As a fine art photographer Keith says he is drawn to marks and patterns that have been created naturally or by mistake. Marks there today but gone tomorrow.

“Even the most mundane wall or pavement can contain beautiful patterns. For instance, maybe the scrapes left on the wall of a hospital corridor by a trolley passing through every day, or decaying paint on a windowsill,” said Keith as he explained the thinking behind his work.

He has set about recording these marks before they change or are destroyed and says he takes hundreds of photographs of each subject before turning them into his alluring pictures.

“I saw the incredible patterns in the rivets of the bridge just before it was renovated.
“Now it has been painted the patterns no longer exist and that is what I find so fascinating.

Once Keith has his collection of images he closely crops them, taking away the background, groups and composes them to create a visually interesting piece that he hopes will ensure the original source is not immediately obvious.

“It is important to me to be able to tell a story to go with the pictures and I enjoy talking about them. Most people cannot tell what they are at first and are genuinely amazed when I explain.

“I am taking things which are not necessarily geometric and making them so. I really like to make an order of things.

“I get an image in my head of what I want to create and it can take me hours and hours before I get it right. I may be working on one piece of work for days on end.”

You can certainly believe that must have been the case with the images of lichen in Keith’s spherical collection called Speyside, which have all been individually been cropped and layered together.

The photographer is a member of the Peak District Artisans and lives at Long Eaton with his wife the landscape painter Justine Nettleton.

He says that she has been one of the biggest influences on his work, as until he met her he had pretty much given up on photography.

He was brought up in Wollaton and had studied commercial photography after leaving school and thought he might make a career in fashion and beauty work, but having spent a year in London pursuing this route he decided it wasn’t for him. He taught the subject at a Coventry college for a while but was working in an office job back in Nottinghamshire when he met Justine 15 years ago.

“She encouraged me to take up photography again and with her motivating me I gave it a go. I loved the way Justine worked with the landscape as her inspiration. Her work is very organic and I think that is the direction in which my work is heading now.

“I sometimes feel like I am still finding my way with what I am doing, but I primarily create the photographs to please myself and I hope my passion for the work comes through. What I really want to do is invoke a curiosity in the viewer which makes them take a step back and then look for something in the images for themselves.”

You can see more of Keith’s work at http://www.keith-wright.com

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