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Curtis Radclyffe London, United Kingdom

Photographer Curtis Radclyffe’s body of work experiments with exposure time to reveal what is stable and what changes with time. Based in London, he often aims his camera at local parks, and his series of trees displays stationary trunks behind their moving branches. Curtis also travels to find his subjects, and recent expeditions include the Sizewell nuclear power station in Suffolk and an old gun fort called Number One the Thames, built in 1855 to guard the River Thames. After earning a Masters and undergraduate degrees in Photography and Film, Curtis directed several feature films. When he was ready to move away from narrative art forms, he picked up the camera and began producing still images to evoke certain moods and atmospheres.

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    About The Artist

    Photographer Curtis Radclyffe’s body of work experiments with exposure time to reveal what is stable and what changes with time. Based in London, he often aims his camera at local parks, and his series of trees displays stationary trunks behind their moving branches. Curtis also travels to find his subjects, and recent expeditions include the Sizewell nuclear power station in Suffolk and an old gun fort called Number One the Thames, built in 1855 to guard the River Thames. After earning a Masters and undergraduate degrees in Photography and Film, Curtis directed several feature films. When he was ready to move away from narrative art forms, he picked up the camera and began producing still images to evoke certain moods and atmospheres.

    Artist Statement

    As a child, a keen interest in photography led me to construct a darkroom in my bedroom, where, as I discovered the rudiments of chemistry and light, I became entranced by its magic. Later, after dropping out of a chemistry degree I went on to complete undergraduate and Masters degrees in photography and film, going on to become a feature film director.

    After a career in this abrasive and creatively frustrating business I have returned to still photography. I realized that my interest was not in traditional storytelling, but in evoking mood and atmosphere within the discipline of making still images. I enjoy the process, its balm of quietness and contemplation has awakened an interest in the natural world. More specifically, the one that exists at the edges of our self-obsessed human drama, surviving regardless of the continuous expansion of concrete, glass and tarmac, just beyond the threshold of perceived significance. Free from the constraints of commercial cinema I am able to act on instinct with light conditions and framings; to explore the potential of still photographs to resonate time vertically rather than the metronomic 'what next?' of horizontal, narrative time.

    My work after the shutter clicks is to discover what really lays within the image for me. Having learnt and practiced analogue techniques, now synthesized with digital, I am drawn to processes that intimate a sense of the past, both technically and emotionally; hints of darkness, memory, and the ambiguity of beauty.

    Artist Background

    Royal College of Art
    Master of Arts, 1986

    London College of Communication

    Bachelor of Arts, 1983

    Acrylic Glass Print

    Archival photographic print face-mounted on the back of .25" thick acrylic glass. The high gloss acrylic enhances the depth and vibrancy of the image, and has polished edges. Comes mounted on wood so the piece stands off of the wall half an inch for a contemporary look. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.

    Aluminum Print

    Archival, high gloss print on 0.05" thick aluminum. Aluminum prints are lightweight and durable. Comes mounted on wood so the piece stands off of the wall half an inch for a contemporary look. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.

    Canvas Print

    Gallery-quality giclee print on stretched canvas with 1.5" thick edges, and edges are finished white. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.

    Framed Fine Art Print

    Archival photographic print on heavyweight, acid-free, soft gloss paper in a wood, white, or black frame. Features a 1.25" white border around the image. No matte. Acrylic glass front gives a crystal clear view. Includes a certificate of authenticity on request, and arrives wired to hang.

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