All images you’ll enjoy in Resilience are single shot, unadulterated, pure UltraDeep black & white photographs. As with all my work, each Resilience image tells its story through time, expressed visually in the pieces via the use of long exposures, all done in-camera and at the time of shooting.
Single trees growing against all odds in the world’s harshest conditions, to me, perfectly symbolise resilience.
Starting with three images, this is an ongoing project and collection; three more images will be added at a later time.
Resilience is dedicated to my Grandma, who helped make me the artist I am today and, at 96, is for me an amazing example of strength and resilience.
BLACK & WHITE | PASSION AT WORK
There’s nothing like black & white photography, for me. It is timeless, powerful and expressive, and I believe it to be the best medium to tell my stories and to reveal the true nature of the planet’s landscapes through my photographic interpretations. Black & white landscape photography is my lifelong passion.
Removing colour from a photograph is an incredibly powerful process in terms of the expressive possibilities it opens, one that requires a completely different approach to seeing the world around us. For me, it takes photography to another level, requiring a craftsmanship in the field, an attention to composition and an ability for abstract seeing, that colour photography doesn’t necessarily need. When I work, my decision is made long before pressing the shutter; if a landscape reveals its monochromatic nature to inspire me, I just can’t help it but let go of the colours.
My UltraDeep B&W are the result of a lifetime dedication to the art of B&W. Starting from the days of film, I explored the tonality and depth of B&W mixing my own, Pyro-based developers for a truly unique range of tones. When I moved to digital, I ported those deep tones to the digital realm via the creation of a personal process – the UltraDeep B&W – resulting in truly unique B&W photographs with a huge tonal range, compared to the flat, high-contrast look you see in most of digital B&W photography today.
RESILIENCE | THE COLLECTION
The only one standing on this clay, dry Tuscan hill, this tree symbolises for me resilience and the strength needed to hold one’s ground like no other.
I have been photographing this tree since 2017, finding it always there, standing fast on the top of the hill. When I approach this tree on a dirt road, before the last turn hiding it from my sight, I am always worried that this time I won’t find it anymore. But, every time I see it again, standing fast, and I feel safe again and inspired to always stand my ground, no matter what.
WEATHERING THE STORM
Living in between land and water, this Scottish wee tree symbolises for me resilience and the ability to weather the storms that life throws at us like no other.
I have been photographing this tree almost every year since 2018, finding it on land or immersed in the water, depending on the Loch’s level and on the weather. Like us, the tree is sometimes under a beautiful sky, sometimes must weather a storm; no matter the weather, it’s still there, weathering the storm.
WILLING TO LIVE
Growing horizontally out of a windswept cliff, this Scottish wee tree symbolises for me resilience and the will to live like no other.
I have been photographing this tree almost every year since 2009, following his slow, hard growth and the development of his gnarly branches. Every year, when I return to the Isle of Skye, I am afraid not to see it anymore; every year, when I see it again, I rejoice witnessing the power of resilience.
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