Leon Shaddick: Photographer showing at the Salar Gallery
I use photography as a means of self-expression – I make pictures in order to identify the hidden qualities within me and to express my interpretation of the world around me.
The process of gaining a clearer understanding of myself has led me to explore specific fragments of life, and then reproduce them in an abstract form. The completed images are not just the product of what I see through a camera lens: they are often enhanced by computer technology. But none of my work would exist without my constant search to find the camera angle from which the captured forms can be the most that they can be.
My intention has always been to explore the minutiae of life and capture the beauty rarely seen by the naked eye. In each photograph I make, it is my ultimate objective to form an image that could not be seen without the use of a lens; to make a slice of recorded reality into something more than what is obviously there. I look for an image that will trigger individual thought processes.
I never cease to be amazed at the shapes and forms that appear when captured images are layered or strategically placed, and when I am creating a work of art I always have the following statement by Michelangelo in mind:
“We know that behind every image revealed there is another image more faithful to reality, and in the back of that image there is another, and yet another behind the last one, and so on, up to the true image of that absolute, mysterious reality that no one will ever see.”
—Michelangelo Antonioni. “Beyond the Clouds” (1995)
My work has been sold worldwide via my own website and various second party websites. Other subjects sold include wildlife, landscapes and still life.
Commission works are also undertaken.