As you may have realised by now the site is a bit in between designs at the moment. Over the coming weeks and months I will be adapting and changing every page so please bare with me as other work commitments keep getting in the way, such is life !!
It has to be said that the recent death of Robin Williams was a very sad occasion for many people world wide, my self included. The fact that he took his own life in such a fashion underlined how depression effects so many people in all walks of life. I read so many wonderful tributes and was also sickened to read as many ignorant rants from some people who felt the need to craw out from their little corner of the web in the hope that their voice would provoke a response. Many succeeded and his daughter was at the forefront of much of this vile and provocative talk on sites like Twitter.
I suppose its just natural that if people have nothing nice to say they feel the need to vent and share their little world of hate. Her own response was as dignified as its gets and displayed many of her fathers humour in dealing with life at its worst.
Everyone has their own favourite Robin Williams film or TV moment. Like many Mork and Mindy was a childhood highlight and it was only when watching repeats later in life that I really appreciated how much that show highlighted his own ability to add lib and just go for it, his fellow cast members doing a fine job of giving him the space and responding so well to his flights of imagination. Classic work. His live at the Met comedy gig had my wife and I in stitches in the early 80's as we had also just had out first child and his observations were so on the ball. Over the years he made his mark in many movies from straight roles to comedy and everything in-between. Everyone will argue his finest moments and thats what made him so special, the very fact he could appeal to such a broad range of people, young and old. Unlike many, my own favourite was a movie that unfortunately went mostly overlooked and was critically slammed by many when it first come out. What Dreams May Come, based on the 1978 novel by Richard Matheson, was a brave attempt at filming a mans journey through Heaven and Hell to help his wife. Although it departed from the book on many places it lost nothing of the books impact. Suicide remains the major theme of the movie and this makes it all the more difficult to watch in light of his own. It has been a very personal movie for me over the years and has helped me deal with many dark times in my own life. Will I watch it again?, in time, giving a little distance to put things in perspective.
He was an original and in put a smile on a nations face, R.I.P.
H.R, Giger Dies at age 74 after a bad fall at his home in Zurich. Among the few artists that were life changing for me in my darkest moments. Many considered his work horrific to say the least but within all the surface horror was a beauty dark beauty and humour that many could never see. His influence on the work of art and cinema goes without saying and once you witnessed his work in such movies as Alien and Species the shadows in life would always hold that little more wonder.
I was first aware of his artwork in the magazine Omni, many years ago when I was in my teens which was a great publication for highlighting many european surrealists. His artwork contained themes and subject matter that many artists had covered over time but his was done with such original style that no one has ever managed to come close to. It was a long standing wish that I could visit his Museum in Switzerland and last year my daughter kindly made arrangements to take her old Dad on weekend break to Geneva. I will always be in debited to her for letting me follow my dream journey that took us many hours to get there with much train changing until we arrived at Gruyères, Switzerland. We only had a few hours but I entered the museum with eyes wide open and could have spent a month there studying his massive canvases, sketches, furniture and sculptures. It was a trip of a lifetime and so glad I made the journey before he left this mortal coil.
This is one artist that has left his mark on the world of art and will never be replaced. I will treasure my time there and look sadly l at my art collection of H. R. Giger knowing there will never be another. A man of extraordinary vision and beauty. RIP. Mr Giger.
Contracts signed and sealed it is now my pleasure to announce that I have gained yet another Agent to represent my photography and artwork, Arcangel Photo Library. They have over the years gained themselves a reputation as one of the leading suppliers of imagery for the publishing world and like other agencies have found a certain niche market for their particular look which I was drawn to in the first instance.
With my work now represented by three of the finest Agencies out there I remain hopeful that there will be many happy years ahead suppling just that right image for publishers worldwide wither they require Rights Managed or Royalty Free Images.
Since the start of the year everyone in the UK has had the misfortune to suffer some of the worst weather for years. On a personal level it was sad to see the Scottish costal town of Largs suffering yet again with severe flooding. Largs holds a soft spot for me as I spent a great deal of my childhood on holiday there and still I still return as often as I can to clean out the cobwebs so to speak. The one place that most visitors will head to eventually is the famous Cafe Restaurant "Nardini" famous for its art deco interior fine food and wonderful ice cream.
A few years ago I was commissioned by a local company to photograph some interior and exterior shots of the great building. The day I arrived was so far removed from recent events, blue sky, and warm summer breeze blowing off the Clyde. When my job was done my son, who was assisting me on that day, were treated to a few refreshments which were much appreciated as we relaxed after the shoot on the outside terrance. I can only hope that all the residents of Largs get their town back to its former glory soon and all the necessary repairs to property and roads in and out of the town are carried out soon.
Its always nice when you come across how your work is being published. This was the case recently when I stumbled upon a series of Science Fiction books by Author Paul Vincent who has kindly used my images on his book covers. You can check out his continuing journey at astronomicon.
Was delighted to recently answer a little Q@A with new web site design magazine called Savvy Design Magazine. You can find the interview here:http://www.savvydesignmag.com/?p=658