Reflections Prague by Philip Crawford

Reflections Prague

Size: 90cm x 60cm

Material: digital image on aluminium composite

Description: Here I have created a composition by digitally engineered an original photograph taken as a reflection in a mirror at the Municipal House Cafe, or Kavárna Obecní dům in the centre of Prague. With high ceilings and fine chandeliers it is an Art Nouveau delight from the early 1900s. Tall windows let in light that glitters off of every surface, and gold-plated detailing makes the interior so luxurious that it transports guests into a more decadent era.

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Artist's Profile - Philip Crawford

Philip Crawford
Philip Crawford was born in Worcester, England in 1944. He now lives in Estepona. In his early teens, Philip used to cycle into the countryside accompanied by his first camera, an East German Zeiss. He remembers that ‘the camera was unusual in that the film had to be advanced by rotating a ring around the lens. Everything was manual, so I had to learn all about aperture settings, shutter speeds and depth of field calculations to achieve perfect images.’<br /> His knowledge and eye paid off when, just after his fifteenth birthday, The Guardian newspaper paid him twenty-five pounds for a front page, black and white photograph of a Merionethshire valley. This windfall allowed Philip to buy his next camera, a Leica, that he used for many years.<br /> In the late 1960s, the emerging computer industry fascinated Philip, particularly computer graphics. He says, ‘I still own a simple line drawing produced by the Computer Arts Society of Japan on a flat-bed computer plotter in the early 1970s. It took one and a half hours to generate. Today it would take less than a second.’<br /> Digital technology allowed him to combine his interests in photography and graphics.<br /> Philip always carries his camera on his extensive travels, always looking for a subject that he can digitally engineer or use as the basis for an unusual piece of artwork.<br /> Unusual barely describes his unique talent for discerning a nuance beneath the exterior and digitally engineering an image to reveal hidden meaning. This flair is perfectly exemplified in his description of one of his works, ‘Puerto de Europa’, a digital image on aluminium composite.

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