Mike Curry has been a professional portrait photographer for over twenty years. His passion for photography began with his first camera an Olympus Trip… "I was out taking photographs of anything and everything." he says. The remarkable breadth and quality of the collection of his works represented by London Art reflects Curry’s equal dedication to nature and landscape photography.
It is commonly considered that one has to have an ‘educated eye’ to appreciate Fine Art Photography and at London Art we identify with our addressees who do not have a formal photography or art-school education. It can be exasperating reading articles aimed to convince you that some photographs are to be appreciated for their technical authority. One senses that there is a implicit set of instructions that you have to follow in order to recognize the value of a photograph and this can be intimidating. When viewing Curry’s exhibition at London Art we urge that there is no shame in judging the photographs as a matter of personal preference; to look at a photograph, it either appeals to you or it doesn't. Ultimately - if you want to exclude academia - photography is about beauty, and one’s idea of beauty is entirely distinctive. Curry’s exhibition at London Art spans abstract close-up shots [Stone pattern 2007], enigmatic landscapes [Sinking Church 2003, Straw towers 2003] and sweeping panoramas [Highland view 2007, Sunset Panorama Cornwall 2007] and we are in no doubt that the featured images are so distinctly beautiful that they are universally affecting and appealing. That said London Art’s own ‘educated eye’ can reassure you that it is Curry’s astute observation, remarkable talent as a photographer and technical ability by means of digital finishing that makes his work beautiful and appealing!
Curry asserts, “The infinite possibilities presented by the natural world provide us all with an amazing visual palette; I always seek to find a different perspective on the views I work with, for example by using infra red filters, ultra wide angle lenses and creating panoramic images.” Indeed, Curry is ambitious and devoted to the practice of Fine Art Photography. He is daring in his experiments with image making and persistent in the promotion of his work. Curry professes to be principally self taught and the collection at London Art bears witness to his enthusiasm for exploring the tools of the trade. Curry uses a wide range of professional film and digital cameras (including ultra wide angle lenses), as well as a variety of creative techniques using Polaroid film. With the advent of digital photography and Photoshop, Curry is amongst scores of Fine Art Photographers who employ re-touching and finishing techniques that add an ethereal quality to some of his prints [Golitha Falls 2003, Cornish mine building - infra red 2003]
Curry is one of London Art’s most highly acclaimed artists. A Runner-Up in the BBC Countryfile Photo98 Competition, Curry won Second Prize at the Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition 2004. In 2006 his work was short listed for the Garden Photographer of the Year and was exhibited in a UK based touring exhibition. Most recently Curry has been selected for the finals of Landscape Photographer of the Year 2007 and we wish him all the best when the winners are announced later on in the year.
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