Sam Ruth MA Fine Art

My interest with photography started at an early age but it wasn’t until later in life that I was able to explore it further. Being a watercolour painter, I decided to study for a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. It was during my degree course that I was able to discover the different facets of photography and the historical relationship between the two. I enjoyed experimenting with photography and became fascinated with recreating the formal qualities of painting, such as texture, line and form. Indeed, so much so that my MA Fine Art exhibition consisted of a series of photographs and I now continue to use the camera to “paint with light”.

My photographs range from the traditional to the more contemporary. The more ambiguous photographic images are not a direct representation of the natural world but act as a window, capturing the essence of nature. Photographing flowers, and in particular tulips, brings back childhood memories of time spent living near the bulb fields in Holland.

Flowers in their very nature are rich in colour and by producing monochromatic images the appeal is twofold. Firstly there is a sense of mystery; the viewer is invited to imagine the colour of the flower. Secondly, and by using a soft focus, I am able to convey the passing of time, thereby recreating the element of nostalgia.

I am delighted to be a member of the Print Project Group, which has such a diverse pool of talent.