Born in the UK in 1961 and with work now spanning over twenty years, Shaun Hines has been looking back at his impressive back catalogue of photographs.
Having only recently begun to unravel the potency of over twenty years of photography, Hines has noticed two distinct elements to his work. The first element he says is that, “A good proportion of the portfolio has a timeless feel about it, a romantic aesthetic that seems to echo the look one sees in old photographs“. This aspect is one that he intends to develop. He has already begun to re work and revue many of his original images. “In an age of mega pixels and expensive equipment there must be an inherent desire in me to display pieces that don’t rely on technical perfection, but rather one of mood and ambience.” He says. The second element which on realisation has served to empower his most recent photography is the strong three-dimensional aspect to his back catalogue. “I find it fascination in what attracts one artist to a particular shot whereas another may well walk on by”. he says. “…as the brain responds and is stimulated by patterns, and as we are all different in character and nature, we are each drawn to various shapes, textures and therefore scenes made up of these complex configurations.”
Hines completed a City in Guilds in photography in the early eighties and quickly became dedicated to photography, the people and scenes before his camera. His early fascination with cinematography helped him to establish a comfortable relationship with the camera, and confident composure to his work. The transition between seeing a scene and reaching for his camera rapidly became as comfortable for Hines as putting on a pair of glasses. Just as a shortsighted man might need his glasses for distance and a longsighted person for reading, Hines seems to reach for his camera to seek equal elucidation of the scene. For him, photography became not just about the final image but a way of viewing events, people and places.
In this way Hines creates his work not as a bystander or street photographer, both of which imply a degree of passivity, but through his camera he illuminates what interests him without consciously trying to do so. His work doesn’t evoke a political agenda, concept or message yet doesn’t detach its self from the perception of the person that created it. He has an instinctive relationship with the camera which enables him to illuminate the feeling for the beauty or incongruity of the moment he is seeing without any seemingly conscious of preconceived effort.
“All my work is created from the subconscious.” He says. “I don’t carry my camera around with me everywhere I go. When I do, I let the shots present themselves, as opposed to desperately looking for opportunities or, with an awareness of time and effort, recreating work that has been done countless times before.” He adds.
“If people are truly able to tap into what I’ve produced and pick up from it something personal, that’s great. The exciting thing is where someone adds there interpretation.”
Shaun Hines currently lives and works in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK. All of Shaun's prints are sold double mounted making them 40cm x 50cm in size.
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