Previous AA2A Artist

Tony Hayes

Year:
2021-22
Project summary:

I am a fine art photographer working with digital, and traditional film technologies. My practice is both studio and documentary based. My studio practice focuses on still life imagery exploring the subject of material culture. As an artist I am interested in the human response to the material world and express my ideas by using, and juxtaposing, everyday items in a still life compositions that explore the relationship between objects, things, and how they represent the multiple facets of material culture. Aesthetically my images are uncluttered and minimalist in style. 

My documentary practice uses traditional analogue technology to explore the relationship between individuals and their social environment. At present I am engaged on a social documentary photographic project (Both Sides of the Bridge) exploring the communities of West Bank in Widnes, and Dukesfield in Runcorn, Cheshire. Both communities are unique in that they exist on the banks of the river Mersey and in the shadow of the Widnes/ Runcorn Queensway Bridge. The socioeconomic circumstances of both communities born in the wake of industrial revolution. Many of the residents and extended families have lived in the area for generations and share a passionate sense of identity. The aim of the project is to create a photographic record of the community in collaboration with the residents, that celebrates their unique sense of identity and creates a visual and historic record. The project is scheduled to be exhibited at the Brindley Arts Theatre in 2022. All images taken for the project will be taken using large format and medium format cameras using traditional black and white film techniques.

During my time on the AA2A scheme I will continue to develop my dark room printing techniques and prepare my images for gallery exhibition. 

I am a fine art photographer working with digital, and traditional film technologies. My practice is both studio and documentary based. My studio practice focuses on still life imagery exploring the subject of material culture. As an artist I am interested in the human response to the material world and express my ideas by using, and juxtaposing, everyday items in a still life compositions that explore the relationship between objects, things, and how they represent the multiple facets of material culture. Aesthetically my images are uncluttered and minimalist in style. 

My documentary practice uses traditional analogue technology to explore the relationship between individuals and their social environment. At present I am engaged on a social documentary photographic project (Both Sides of the Bridge) exploring the communities of West Bank in Widnes, and Dukesfield in Runcorn, Cheshire. Both communities are unique in that they exist on the banks of the river Mersey and in the shadow of the Widnes/ Runcorn Queensway Bridge. The socioeconomic circumstances of both communities born in the wake of industrial revolution. Many of the residents and extended families have lived in the area for generations and share a passionate sense of identity. The aim of the project is to create a photographic record of the community in collaboration with the residents, that celebrates their unique sense of identity and creates a visual and historic record. The project is scheduled to be exhibited at the Brindley Arts Theatre in 2022. All images taken for the project will be taken using large format and medium format cameras using traditional black and white film techniques.

During my time on the AA2A scheme I will continue to develop my dark room printing techniques and prepare my images for gallery exhibition. 

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