Gillian Linsday

PHOTOGRAPHER

In 1997 I made the transition from film producer to photographer. My early work sought a unique response to nature and architectural form through hand-cut photographic collage. 
Recently I have moved into the realm of abstraction, producing work that is more about texture, colour and composition and less about representational subject matter. Most often I explore with my camera in salvage, train or shipyards – anywhere I can shoot rusted metal or weathered and painted wood. There is a fascination I find in documenting man-made materials, where once constructed, will spend the rest of their lives attempting a return to nature.

I focus in very close to a subject and photograph only the surface, removed from any contextual reference, with the objective of creating a painterly, abstract effect. 
Hand-cut photographic collage is resurfacing in my latest work, utilizing my images of abstract textural surfaces and experimentation with mixed media. 
I continue to explore my passion for black and white photography.

Light Imitating Art

I am drawn to surrealism; images borne out of dreams and the creative subconscious. I experiment with altered light sources, as well as camera motion and double exposure. The ‘Light Imitating Art’ series is shot in studio, utilizing either smooth or textured surfaces, contributing a further subtle element of mystery. In this exciting exploration of random abstraction, a figure or a suggestion of a slightly definable object sometimes emerges.
I am often asked: what am I looking at? … the answer is simply, light.

"Light Touch"
"Hera"
"Venus"
"Burning Man"
"Light Flow"
"Root Chakra"