My photography tends to be opportunistic - though I tend to look for subjects that are unlikely to have been shot before: the things that people walk past every day but rarely actually 'see'. I work with a single camera and lens and carry as little kit around as possible (not even a tripod!). To the dismay of many of my contemporaries, I will often leave my camera switched to 'auto'; I'm quite happy to lose out on technically perfect shots if I can capture images which surprise me - and to achieve that, I feel it's necessary to surrender a degree of control.
Industry is the central theme informing much of my work - manufacturing facilities, power stations, building sites, machinery, etc. Reflecting the duality of our relationship with industry (concern about its effects on the environment whilst craving the goods it creates for us), I try to photograph subjects in the most flattering light available - or frame them in a way that draws in the viewer. Recurrent elements such as the sun and moon also provide a familiar reference point in terms of linking subjects with the natural world.
To an extent, it's about redefining the 'picturesque' - trying to elicit the same emotional response to images of the built environment that one would associate with traditional landscape art. For me, this relates to the idea of photography showing us what's worth looking at. I am also intrigued by the effect of the 'frame' (both physical and metaphorical) on our perception of art and the camera's ability to create a frame around any object or situation and confer status upon it.
- Name: Nigel Lord
- Country: GB
- Website: www.nigelklord.com
- Discipline: PHOTOGRAPHER