I’ve always loved photocopied fanzines and direct media physical objects. Before the days when the internet allowed every freak a potential publishing opportunity, people had to use typewriters, and scissors and glue. Photoshop has rendered the world sterile. It is a useful tool, but just as the structure of modern dance music consists of eight bar loops thanks to the default settings in Cubase, Photoshop makes you think in certain ways. It removes the opportunity for interesting fuck-ups that come from old school cut and paste.

Sirens cover.


I still have the first booklet I was given at a gig – a band called ‘The Sirens’ at the Exeter Arts Centre. I don’t remember being particularly moved by their jangly pop indieness, but the idea that you could provide more than just music and performance to a gig intrigued me. The desire to ‘take something away with you’ at the end of a gig is the reason most touring bands make more from selling t-shirts than they do from ticket sales. But this was something different, putting aside the twee content, it struck me that this supporting artifact would far outlast the memory of the music. And indeed it has.

A gig crowd represents an interesting opportunity for the aspiring art terrorist. You have a captive audience of more or less like-minded individuals. Giving them something interesting to look at in between bands can be fun. Even better if the stuff is given to you by the band, as much of the stuff you see here was.

Long before I discovered the joys of Photoshop, I was making cut and splice creations, and appropriating any photocopier I could find for the purposes of cheap mass production.

Most of the pieces in this section were handed out for free at gigs, or sent across the globe as postcards to the marginal fringe dwellers that made up the core demographic.

Everything tagged ‘print’ is available here.

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What is Photostereosynthesis?


Louis and Auguste Lumiere are best known as inventors of the cinematographic projector and the accompanying film of a train [ L'Arrivee d'un train en gare de la Ciotat] which legend has it, was so astonishing to the audience, who had never seen a moving picture before, that they fled the auditorium in terror.

Louis Lumiere is also responsible for the process I present here – photostereosynthesis. Developed in the early 1900s, it involves taking a series of photographs at differing focal distances, and layering lightly printed glass plates to create a three dimensional image of the subject entombed in glass. Images were highly laborious and expensive to produce, and the process never succeeded commercially.

Some have described the technique as a precursor to holography, in the sense that they both produce three dimensional images, but the effect is very different.

Apparently, only twelve examples of Lumiere’s original photostereosynthesis images have survived. I have yet to
see one in the flesh. Still, that didn’t stop me from creating my own. I spent
much of 2003 perfecting the process using modern technologies and materials.

Of course, three dimensional things don’t really work too well when presented
on a two dimensional screen like the one you’re looking at. You can, however, get some sense of them from the images presented here.

An interesting side-effect of photographing people in this way, is that
the subject is required to pose motionless for about sixty seconds. As you can see from these examples, some people can sit stiller than others…

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Beckett (2006)

acrylic and digital print on canvas 406mm x 406mm

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shardcorner, 203 Preston Road, Brighton.

Shardcorner is my gallery in Brighton.

Shardcorner is rarely open, however, you can get a good view of the window from Preston Road at the top of Preston Park. Indeed, if you are especially keen you can peer through the window at the delights inside. However, if you want the door to open you will have to request a private viewing.

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Some of the works visible in the gallery are, or will be, available through the shardcore etsy shop.

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danny (2006)

acrylic on canvas 610mm x 610mm

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