Fauve Photo is inspired by a group of painters working at the start of the twentieth century whose style became known as Fauvism. They used bright, vivid colours, whose liveliness was often intensified by the use of the colour red. There was no attempt at naturalism. The painting style was characterised by loose and visible brushwork and a simplified content which tended to abstraction. Fauve Photo follows this lead to create glicee prints which take their cue from painting rather than traditional photography.

I've taken photographs and painted for a long time. I love being outside, especially on a bike which seems to have all the benefits of walking but is more fun and faster. Capturing a scene with a camera is for me part of being outdoors.

One thing which interests me is the variety of pictures that photographs contain. A photo intended to be of a bicycle laying on the beach may contain another picture behind of a lifeboat house which becomes prominent when the bike is cropped out. A close-up of this part of the photograph reveals some people outside the lifeboat house looking into it. Why are they there? What is their story?

Often though I am particularly interested in the visual possibilities of a landscape, or the abstract shapes and colours which make up the photograph. Cropping and blowing up selective parts of a photograph may move away entirely from the original image or indeed from figurative representation of any sort and into the purely abstract.

And then there is colour... Colour is where the Fauves come in. For them colour was pre-eminent and mostly it is for me too. Sometimes I want the warmth and vividness of strong colours in the way that the Fauves reacted to the heat of the Mediterranean summer in St Tropez and Collioure. Other times I desaturate part of a scene to provide contrast to one or two elements of colour.

Whatever I do, I try to take my inspiration from the underlying motivation and calling card of the Fauves: be extreme!

Bath:  Abbey Under Arch