"As an artist, my approach to picture making with photography has always been from a traditional fine art viewpoint. Fine-art photography can be described as using the medium to express something that lives in the artist's mind; perhaps employing metaphor, allegory or symbolism to convey meaning? Just as painters, print-makers or sculptors do.
Simply capturing what one sees in an artistic way is the art of photography but not necessarily creating fine art. The goal of fine-art photography is to express an idea, a message, or an emotion.
Broadly speaking, but not exclusively, as there are many excellent documentary photographers whose work could sit comfortably in the fine art genre, this stands in contrast to 'representational photography', such as photojournalism which provides a documentary visual account of specific subjects and events, literally representing objective reality rather than the subjective intent of the photographer.
In my work what is presented to the viewer in an image is not necessarily what the picture is actually about."
Born in Northampton in 1961 Adrian began an early interest in photography whilst still at school. Art and science were his main interests where, with the help of the science teacher (interestingly, the science teacher, not the art teacher!) he and a school friend set up a primitive darkroom in a cupboard. Here he was introduced to the magic of chemistry and light.
Adrian studied for an Honours Degree in Fine Art at The University of Wales in Newport, where he specialised mainly in painting and printmaking, in particular, lithography with photography still much a peripheral activity for him. At that time, Newport ran the highly respected and renowned School of Documentary Photography and as some of the photography lecturers also had an input onto the fine art programme, the influence of photography was always there, lurking in the background.
After graduating, he became increasingly interested in working with photography and eventually moved into using this medium almost exclusively .
Two years working as a documentary photographer on the Northamptonshire Heritage Interpretation Project in the mid 1980s was was followed by a number of artist’s residencies and part time lecturing posts before moving into full time teaching.
Adrian has exhibited his work regularly since 1984 in a variety of collaborative, group and one-man shows both nationally and regionally. He taught photography at Milton Keynes College for over 20 years and was Head of Art, Design & Media there for ten years until 2011. He was then Director of leading community arts charity Inter-Action MK until 2015 when he and his partner Sarah Bament established “Phoenix Rising MK” an arts based day service organisation offering creative opportunities for people with learning disabilities and support needs.
Currently Adrian is working on several photographic projects concurrently which he hopes will at some point coalesce into a meaningful whole?