A Multitude of Nows, HUCK magazine


I was recently excited to be asked to submit some images for the HUCK magazine photo special along with an artist statement about the work. I love HUCK magazine and it's design and the team behind it are always super excited by new work and generally very supportive. It provided me with an opportunity to show some images I've been shooting recently using a camera known as a Widelux, but as of yet haven't showcased anywhere. The final 3-page spread is above and I've included the written statement below. At some point I'm going to get the project up onto the website - so watch this space.

Ever since I was a kid, I've always been
fascinated with the concept of the camera - an object small enough to put in
your pocket that has the ability to capture and freeze a moment for eternity. A
few years ago I was killing time on a rainy afternoon in one of London's
last-standing bookshops and I spied a book by a photographer that would change
the way I thought about the power of the image forever.

In the introduction, the photographer explained that
the images in the book, photographed over a period of twenty years, had all
been shot at 1/250th of a second. This meant that images that represented two
decades of his life amounted to less than one second in actual time. He was
representing twenty years in less time than it takes to click your fingers. It
got me thinking of the randomness of the captured moment, what Henri
Cartier-Bresson had always defined as the ‘decisive moment’ - that split second
when all elements come together to create the perfect photograph. An image
snapped a fraction of a second later, two centimetres to the left or right,
would be its own unique moment - a different interpretation of the moment
altogether. That has always been one of the great challenges with photography:
how, as a photographer, do you go about catching the decisive moment when there
are so many odds stacked against you?

A few years after this revelation, I met a man in Hong
Kong. In amongst the hustle and bustle and high-rise chaos that defines that
city, he offered to sell me a camera that could
not only take in a wider panorama than the human eye, it could also capture
more than that precious single sliver of time – and deliver it all in a single
frame. This little-known Japanese camera from the 1940s, a heavy hunk of
metal made up of cogs and springs, was known as a Widelux. The camera itself
has a revolving lens which, when you press the shutter, moves from left to
right across the frame, capturing 140 degrees of view onto standard 35mm film.
Because the lens moves (taking a full two seconds to move left to right on the
slowest shutter speed, creating 1/15th second exposure) it's not actually
catching a single moment in time. In effect, the camera becomes something
unique, somewhere between a stills camera and a movie camera - yet it still
gives you a single image.

I found this fascinating. The concept of the decisive
moment becomes fundamentally changed. You're no longer capturing that so-called
split second - what we commonly think of as a snapshot. In essence, you’re
capturing a larger chunk of a rolling moment and across a much wider frame.
What you capture on the right-hand side of the image may have taken place
milliseconds after what’s captured on the left. It becomes more of a challenge
to create a clear, concise photograph but the final frame is in many ways far
more immersive, and arguably more honest. And by that I mean that to frame is
to exclude; so much in photography is not about what you show in the image but
arguably what you chose not to show. With this camera it’s hard to exclude; its
lens see’s so much that it creates a much more honest representation of the
scene. It's a different way of working and requires a different way of seeing.

For me, photography is a way to explore
and discover the world around me - it allows me to be curious, to ask questions
and then to present my discoveries to others. I want my images to capture an
essence of something - a feeling, an emotion - because I think that's the best
way to communicate ideas and opinions; you need to engage the gut to engage the