Square peg in a round hole? Absolutely

There’s something about square photos I have grown very accustomed to. Nowadays, we think less about carrying DSLR’s and more about having something portable and light to capture the moment. Some of my favourite photos were taken “quick-as-a-flash” just before a moment evaporated: a kid on a tricycle squealing with delight, two monks walking to worship at Notre Dame. All portable, all square. And all high-contrast black and white, no doubt influenced by the work inspired by Edward S. Curtis, Fan Ho, Seattle Camera Club, and Ansel Adams. People. Place. Nature

When space is at a premium

And so it was that I began losing interest in 4:3 photos while finding the tight space that square photos offered to be much more of a challenge. I was reminded of some of the earliest film cameras that were medium format that produced square photos. I love that historical link.

Album artwork

Secondly – and this may sound more strange – I like printing my photos 12 x 12″. Those are the same dimensions of a record album, another format that is part of my love of all things analog. Let’s face it, some of the most amazing artwork is found on album covers.

Rule of thirds – Yes or no?

There’s one final point. I’d say that the way you physically look at a square photo is different to a rectangular image: with the former, the motion of your head is more circular because all sides of the photo are equal, with the latter you tend to look left to right.

Metal Print Process

Metal prints are made by infusing specially manufactured dyes into a sheet of pre-treated aluminum via heat transfer. Sublimation is the process of going from a solid to a gas, thenback to a solid – skipping the liquid static. Metal prints created by the dye-sublimation process have been found to retain color balance as much as 4 times longer than archival photographic paper (source: photoworkspro.com). Metal print can be hung indoors or out and are extremely tough.

Please enjoy a virtual gallery of some of my work. There are English and French audio descriptions for each photograph. All prints for sale are limited edition. As with the moment in which they were taken, these too are one-off’s.

I hope you’ll enjoy this immersed experience. On mobile devices you’ll see a ‘two-feet’ icon. Tap them and show them where to go with your fingers. On desktop, use your arrow keys or your mouse. The experience is much better in a large screen, just like when we see exhibitions in person: you notice the detail and it feels, well, special.

If you have any accessibility issues, please email me at [email protected] Artsteps is doing amazing things for artists but they’re a small team, so any feedback is welcome as I want to make my art and music as accessible as possible.

I would love to hear or read what you think of the gallery.