Curiosity, Invention and the Photograph by Neil Shirreff


Still from my solo show last year at the MMX Gallery.

The work employed experimental and innovative photographic processes including the design and production of machinery and apparatus to create the photographs.

The techniques involved, ranged from precision colour luminograms, modified record turntables, multiple exposures and colour LED lights. There was also a site-specific installation created purely for the exhibition.

These often complex and time-consuming techniques were designed to generate images that draw our attention to their construction, our fidelity to the photographic medium and the value assigned to a photographic image to represent a single event. At the same time, the works were designed to foster a curiosity and sense of wonder for the medium’s ability to fix light and render visible a visual world beyond reach of the human eye.