I use photography to explore pattern, detail and texture in the natural and human-made environment by observing things that people often overlook. I want my work to show others how I see the world. Almost all my work is opportunistic. I am always on the look-out for subjects to photograph and I always have a camera with me. I rarely go out with a clear intention of what I want to photograph. I keep my eyes open, and things present themselves to me. Many of my photographs were taken while going about everyday life.
Images by Alistair Hamilton, Images of Alistair at work by Alison Corfield.
I present a studio tour and then show some of me out photographing at a boatwreck on Fauldbog Bay.
Tools & Materials
All my work starts in a camera, of which I have many. They are small and hand-held; I rarely use a tripod. Creating my work takes a camera image file and reaches a conclusion with a print being made. Only first step happens outside my studio. Much of the creative input takes place in the studio. The final printed image is often far removed from what the camera captured I share my Kirkcudbright studio my partner, Alison, who is a textile artist. My studio tools are a computer with image processing software and big displays, and a pigment ink printer.
Restriction of movement has limited my ability to make new photographs – I cannot create work from my imagination! The cancellation of exhibitions has removed the immediate demand to produce new work, but this may eventually lead to some new paths being followed. For instance, I have recently decided to re-acquaint myself with photography using film, after a gap of about 10 years, although I have not yet ventured back into the darkroom.
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