In support of our exhibition Adrift, we’re asking our exhibiting artists four questions to help you get to know a bit about them and their work. Today we ask four questions of Simon Rowe about his work and practice. You can see read more about Simon here.
What can a photo do that other representations can’t? What is it that made you choose photography over other media as a way of communicating?
I’m not convinced that a photo has a representational uniqueness in relation to all other forms of representation. I haven’t chosen photography over other media as a way of communicating, as it is not the only one I use. When I choose photography it is mostly because I know I will learn, share experiences and hopefully make images that contain an emotive visual quality.
What’s the first thing you remember photographing and why did you choose it as your subject?
It’s been some time, I really don’t remember.
How does your photographic process work, where do you start? Is it with a theory or idea, or is it driven by aesthetics or a desire to use a certain technique or piece of equipment?
My photographic process is constantly evolving. I’d also say it contains different theories and ideas depending on the project; and it’s driven by some considerations such as: to do no harm, to seek understanding and to listen deeply.
Have you found photography to be an effective research tool? Has it uncovered ideas, which have changed the path of your thinking?
Yes, very much so. Taking the time to study social research methods and how they might relate to photographic practice has led to a more morally and ethically sound practice, as well as an increased sensitivity to the strengths and weakness that photographs have as representations of individuals, communities, and cultures.
What’s your favourite fstop?
I don’t have one; it depends on the camera, lens and intention.
More of Simon’s work can be seen on his website.