Gallery | Mechanics 2017 - 2019

Mechanics, a collection of images taken that reflect my boyish curiosity for movement and connectivity.

Gallery | Colourised Emotion

Colourised Emotion, a collection of colours, formed from 4 horizontal hexagonal colours. stretched, blended, and blurred.

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Galleries are the special collections grouping my favourite themes. As I work through my photographic library, I’ll be pulling together more and more pictures, so please watch this space.

Mechanics 2017 – 2019

My first collection, titled “Mechanics 2017 – 2019” brings together a series of images I’ve collected and processed over the past few years. I’m rather enamoured by black and white photography, and I feel this medium complements the mechanical subject matter. Sticking to a monochromatic style, the Mechanical gallery is a heavily post-processed album of gears, pistons, rotors, wires, pipes, valves, and switches; all of which have captured my imagination since childhood.

As a young boy, I was always dismantling and assembling things around the house. The video player w a constant challenge of mine, I’d wait for mum and dad to leave and hit it hard with the screwdrivers, saws, and hammers. I’d often be in a total panic, with screens, motors and circuit-boards laying across the floor praying they’d somehow be late.

This deep interest in ‘things’ and their internal interactions has stayed with me ever since. I don’t take things apart much these days, but appear to be putting broken things back together every day. Welcome to parenthood, being the father of two curious girls, life appears to have gone full circle.

The Mechanics gallery brings together some of my most exciting and images. Often difficult to tell from where they came, I pull the camera in close, capturing only a part of the mechanism or structure. For me, this only adds to the mysterious of their purpose. As always, I’ll let you guess.

There are a few shots that have gone through various manipulative processes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. As in the darkroom, I am a huge fan of adopting the Burn, Dodge, Spunge, Clone, and Heal tools. Several images that have been cropped, duplicated, transformed, rotated, and merged, again, I’ll let you discover those also.

Coloured Emotions

The second gallery posted steers me away from photography and pulls me to my other creative interest, the arts.

During my time at The University of Plymouth, I read BSc MediaLab Arts (I later transferred to BSc Computer Science & Human-Computer Interaction, but that’s another story). During the first two years, I studied art history, theory, and the psychology of interaction. I’ve been drawing since childhood but gaining an appetite for the construction and destruction of narrative, method, and reason changed my perception of art itself.

Leaning towards social- surrealism, artists such as Henri-Pierre Roché, Beatrice Wood, and my hero Marcel Duchamp have taken me on a personal journey of enlightenment and self-reflection. My views on art itself have changed over the years, challenging in my own mind it’s purpose and place within society.

I have come to one conclusion. It is what ‘we’ chose. Our interpretation, experiences define it, and how we make conclusions based on our world-view. To keep to this philosophy, I will, of course, need to contradict myself, time and time again, and that’s just fine with me.

For all its ironic comedy and self-destruction, the Dada movement itself brings me the greatest pleasure in thought and conversation.

With this in mind and no purpose other than my thoughts and emotions. I can create the work, but it’s not finished. It doesn’t necessarily have a narrative; I leave that up to those who bother to look. I’ve shared my work with many people, they all come to their conclusions, some don’t get that far, and that’s just fine.

Coloured Emotion, taking away the pretentious title is a collection of colours and palettes, created by taking screen-captures of hexagonal colour swatches made by subscribers of https://colorhunt.co/. It’s more a therapeutic process, running each capture through a series of Actions in Adobe Photoshop. I collect each sample based on my own bias and attraction.

Interestingly, my selection of colour varies depending on my state of mind at the time of collection. For me, this is a catalogue of mood and emotion. Without wishing to influence, I find them relaxing to view, I’ll leave that up to you.

Thank You

All I ask is that you respect my copyright and legal ownership of these images. If you would like to use any of my work, please contact me here.

As always, your thoughts and comments are welcome. Please feel free to drop me a note using the Comments form embedded within. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy it.

Warmest regards and thanks,

Rick Cook