Creative inspirations

This category is about camera-less and abstract photography


1 Gina Glover (British, co-founder of Photofusion Photography Centre in Brixton, London).  Glover has a wide-ranging practice, but I am particularly drawn to her pinhole camera photographs.  See her website.

Dialogue with wind and waves, Lyme Regis


The following two photographers are local and featured in an exhibition of camera-less photograph at the V&A Museum in 2011 called Shadow Catchers 

2  Susan Derges (British, b 1955, lives in Devon).  Derges is best known for her work dispensing with a camera altogether and using light directly onto photographic paper. Since this paper has ceased being manufactured, she has moved into digital photography. See her website.  My favourite images are those she made using flashlight through water, either rivers or sea.

River Taw, 19 January 1999


3  Gary Fabian Miller  (British, b 1957, lives on Dartmoor).

Like Susan Derges, Gary Fabian Miller is known for his work exposing photographic paper directly to a light source.  His practice is based mainly on his walks in the Dartmoor landscape around his home, turning his memories of light effects he has witnessed into extremely abstract compositions, that you might not consider to be photography at all! See his website.

I saw these images at Newlyn Art Gallery in the year of the solar eclipse, 1998.  I probably feel drawn to his work most because I enjoy its intense luminosity, but I am also fascinated by his processes.

Towards a solar eclipse, 4 April 1998 and 18 May 1998

Year One Samanios, October 2005

Like Derges, Miller has had to completely change his practice since the photographic paper has ceased production.  In January this year, the BBC broadcast a short radio programme about him making his last images using this process.  


4 Andy Ilachinski – is a theoretical physicist by profession, and a photographer – as he describes – by temperament.   Until the age of 10, Ilachinski perceived numbers, and sometimes letters, as colours, and this inspired a series of images I particularly enjoy that he calls Synesthetic Landscapes –  abstract photos, often made through glasses of coloured water, which are suggestive of landscapes, seascapes, and other ‘majestic vistas’.

See his website for his wide range of mostly landscape photography.

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