Connor Addison - Towards Towers

Towards Towers

Walking towards the monolithic chimneys of a disused power station, I fell in love with the sparse
industrial forms of northern Barcelona. This
inspired a number of trips to capture these sun drenched steel and concrete structures.

Stairs (2016)

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.

Gas Silo (2016)

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. 



Three Towers (2016)

Three Palms (2016)

Light Masts (2016)

Wedding Day (2016)

Shadow Stripes (2016)

Towering Tall (2016)