Neal A Dawson

From first entering a darkroom I was interested in merging layers, combining images and exploring the possibilities of printing onto none traditional surfaces. With the advent of digital technology and a lack of darkroom facilities I have sorted out other methods of mixing images using reflections, and in the case of Photoshop, layers.

I had been combining layers of stone and textures with my landscapes for some time, but, unhappy with the results, I developed a way of transferring an image directly onto the stone. After much trial and error I found my perfect surface in Travertine. Its permeable surface lends itself to the transfer, enabling the image to take on the markings, divots & texture of the stone, creating an aged, almost historic image which appears as though it could have been discovered amongst ancient relics – a mile away from crystal clear digital technology.

The main themes of my work are landscape, architectural structures and other details found in the urban environment; including my series documenting pubs. I am also interested in documenting travel and time, the journey, and the effect time has on surfaces, places and the environment.

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