I’m 67 years old and born in the UK but have lived in the US for over 20 years and I’m a US citizen. I have been a keen photographer my whole life and used to develop both Black & White and Color photographs in my own darkroom. When the “digital darkroom” came along a whole new set of tools enabled me to push my photographic art to another level. Since leaving corporate life I’ve been able to dedicate a lot more time to honing down my artistic skills and have never enjoyed life more.
Just to explain a little more about my work:
My work explores the origins of iconic items from the inventor’s vision to the finished product.
Creating these prints is a multi step process. It starts with researching an invention to establish who were the pioneers and developers. Armed with this knowledge I look for the important patents and then extract key elements from the filing like drawings, claims, signatures etc. Next is the background and these I build in Adobe Creative Suite endeavoring to craft something that is contextual to the invention with an aged/distressed look to it thereby creating a sense of history Finally, I track down and example of the invention and photograph it. Sometimes I use other images of the invention when it was first created. All of these components are brought together in a multi-layered file to create the finished collage. I then print and mat my work.
These make great gifts because there is almost always something that has been patented that a person might have an interest in – musical instrument, sports equipment, sewing machine, board game, office equipment, tools, cars, the list is almost endless.