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John Cooke Veteran and Artist
My work as an Artist and Photographer:
I have always had an interest in photography, architecture and art, especially Expressionism and I have managed to merge all three in my work which I think of as a form of ‘New Expressionism’.
The majority of my work is of everyday buildings and scenes that people see and walk past every day without a second glance. I try and take a photograph from an angle that most people would not consider, to produce an image that is interesting and unusual. I hope that I can change people’s perceptions of what they see or more importantly what they don’t see!
Most of the work I produce starts with a high resolution photograph taken by me and the image is not cropped or edited in any way and the image you see is exactly what I see through the lens. I then use a special technique to add ultra thin layers of colours, each colour interacts with all the other colours that have already been laid down creating a fusion of tints and shades. I can’t always tell how an image will end up, some can only take a few hours, other days and some don’t even work at all.
Once I am happy with the end result and print it, it is then very hard to tell if it has been produced digitally or has actually been painted and with my work it is a case of the “bigger the better”. Most people really think that my larger images are painted and not produced digitally..