Connor Addison - Photography, ALoe

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Aloe 


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2016 - 2019
Photography has had to fight to be accepted as Fine Art for more than 100 years.

On one side photography documents events and places in time, historical events, holidays etc. so is not a medium of art but a tool to record and report on reality. On the other side, photography sometimes becomes art by using experimental techniques (collage, blur, post-processing, chemical intervention etc.) but these methods utilise the techniques of painting, so are not photographically ‘pure’ to its own photographic medium.

With this dilemma, can photography become Art and not merely documentation or painterly image?

This is the question to which ‘Towards Towers,’ ‘Aloe’ and ‘Meso’ responds. My belief is that ‘pure’ photography is a search for naturally occurring art. The interactions of objects, light and shape can create dormant artworks waiting to be framed within the definitive frame of a photograph. In my work I attempt to guide attention towards the aesthetic order of the world around us.




All artworks are captured on 35mm film.












Like this photography is the act of curating the world around me with emphasis on the artistic principles of form, balance, tone, space and texture. In this way, without attempting to document or use the techniques of painting, they become ‘pure’ photographic artworks. Celebrations of how the of the world around us exhibits formal aesthetic qualities so pleasing to the eye.

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‘Aloe’
2015, 35mm film


‘Tubular Cacti’
2019, 35mm film


‘Burnt Bush’
2018, 35mm film


‘Wilted’
2017, 35mm film
‘Flowering Tree’
2019, 35mm film


‘Bowing’
2016, 35mm film


Submerged Bush’
2019, 35mm film


‘Lightning Strikes’
2015, 35mm film





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