I recently became a father for the first time, a wonderful, if tiring experience (but nothing on motherhood) the image here illustrates three and a half days of nappies carefully pebble-dashed by a two week old baby boy. Curiously, by photographing the nappies in this origami-like way I have grown to look forward to every explosive bowel movement, a particularly loud artistic expression from my lovely lad could signal a diaper based Jackson Pollock. What delights await me after every […]
Co-Production with Adam O’Meara, Ongoing work in progress 2012 – Present. Some of these images and others can be found in Issue 91 of Source Magazine, Autumn 2017 accompanying an article on Post Graduate Photographic education, by Lucy Soutter.
A study after the Dutch masters of still life and the vanitas, entirely in plastic. Where Claesz and his contemporaries set out to highlight the transience of life and futility of object based wealth, this vanitas set entirely in cheap plastic considers objects, which in their organic form would be fleeting – subject to decay and the ravages of time. Their plastic counterparts, however are practically immortal, destined to outlive their owners and manufacturers in landfill. This is a most […]
Failed Heirlooms – Exhibition from Mike Downing on Vimeo. Failed Heirlooms is an interactive, magnetic exhibition that attempts to get away from the conventions of contemporary gallery based imagery. It presents the audience with a large scale display comprised of several hundred individual postcards representing objects seen as ‘failed heirlooms’; things that have been deemed unworthy of value, either financial or emotional. These objects find themselves part of an antiques sprawl, divorced from their original owners and collections. The exhibition […]
An initial series of six images, produced for exhibition during the ‘Five Photographers From Lincoln’ group show, held in London’s Covent garden in December 2011. Each of these ‘planets’ is a simple trompe l’oeil, a potato or other root vegetable, the roundest I can find, is simply colour treated and photographed suspended (and indeed orbiting) on fishing line. Each of these heavenly bodies is easily imagined to contain their own unique atmosphere and ecosystem, from gas giants, to frozen planetoids. […]