Photo of the Week

Art "Spontaneity and authenticity in photography mean a lot to me; I’m not interested in creating something that isn’t there."

This week’s happy snapper is multi-disciplinary auteur Alex Kozobolis; filmmaker, musician and photographer. Baffling all known & accepted creative laws, Alex is a talent in all of these areas; his work most recently touched Cambridge at last month’s Romsey Art Festival film screening.

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His artistic imagination is one of wonder, transfiguring everyday landscapes or scenes into emotionally resonant abstracts. This is an approach and aesthetic consistent across different mediums, creating a rarefied atmosphere his subjects live in like a natural habitat.

“The above photograph was taken underneath Southwold Pier in August 2012 using an iPhone. I approached the man very slowly so as not to disrupt his behaviour. Spontaneity and authenticity in photography mean a lot to me; I’m not interested in creating something that isn’t there, but rather in bringing to light (or capturing) that which is already there. I mean this both in terms of narrative and composition; I didn’t position the man, I positioned the frame around where he already was. I waited until his posture sat well within the context of the frame and then I pressed the shutter.”

You can find more of Alex’s work in various places. For a steady stream of increasingly intriguing images social media may be a good place to look, while a more comprehensive portfolio can be found on his website here.

Words from Wesley Freeman-Smith.

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