Vuelta by Philip Crawford


Size: 90cm x 60cm

Material: digital image on aluminium composite

Description: I captured this image of the Vuelta a España in Estepona in the province of Malaga in 2015 at the beginning of the fourth stage of the twenty-three day race, and digitally modified the work in 2018. First organized in 1935, the Vuelta along with the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, is one of the three most prestigious cycling events in the world, and has been held annually since 1955. The two identifiable riders are Iljo Keisse from the Belgium team Etixx on the left, and Jhon Darwin Atapuma Hurtado from the United States team BMC on the right.

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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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