WHO IS ALEX?
I was born in England to German speaking parents and lived and worked around the UK for the first 40 years of my life. I wasn't at all interested in art or photography, rather my passion from a very early age was people. I was the one who befriended outsiders, took newcomers under my wing and eventually decided to forego a place at university, in order to train as a psychiatric nurse. I moved to Austria and in 2014, my book about my nursing experiences was published and I began writing for magazines and newspapers. All my pieces were social commentaries and my editors required accompanying photographs. The moment I picked up a camera and began photographing people, something changed and my
love affair with telling photographic human stories, began. I have always required a lot of freedom and the the introduction of the GDPR - The EU's General Data Protection Regulation - meant I was no longer able to photograph recognisable individuals without their written permission. I made the switch to abstract photography and for the last year and a half, I have wandered the streets of towns and cities observing people and documenting ordinary life in my own extraordinary way. I have never been happier.
My art and my process
At heart I'm a purist. That means that the movement you see in my images is created by me in camera and there are no elements that were not present in the original scene.
I shoot with the faultless Fujifilm XT2 and a small Fujinon 35mm prime lens with a neutral density filter attached to allow me to shoot at slow shutter speeds. It's a simple set up and one which allows me to produce high resolution images whilst keeping a low profile. My images may be abstract, but it's imperative that I do not change the feel of a scene by being overly conspicuous. Sometimes I wander the streets, pausing to shoot before moving on, and at other times, I sit in one location, sometimes for up to three or four hours, and observe the comings and goings of individuals within the crowd before I shoot. My lifelong hearing disability is a huge advantage in my work, as it has enhanced my art of observation and feel. Every cloud has a silver lining, so they say, and this one positively shines!
Editing is a simple affair. If I've done my 'in camera' job properly, I should need only to play with colour, contrast and texture to give the finished image the feel it deserves.
My images are unique impossible-to-repeat originals and I'm proud of each and every one of them. I sincerely hope you enjoy browsing my galleries and am happy to chat anytime, should you have questions or interest in adding one of my images to your art collection. Please do not hesitate to email me, anytime. I look forward to hearing from you.