My interest in photography goes back to the 1980s, when I got a 'proper camera' for my 12th birthday. I soon joined a local photography club as the strange youngster who wanted to learn all about f numbers and darkrooms, going on eventually to complete my art degree in 1996. By 1993 I had started to catalogue the 1000s of images I had already taken, compiling them into books with their numbers and locations.
Collected together, I could see patterns forming in what I saw and took. The way I composed with line, colour and shape, making a frame around the apparently mundane. I was looking at the details, objects and even stories that others passed by, commemorating and saving them. I began seeking out ways to show my work to others, to encourage them to look too, to show them the simple and sublime pleasures that can come from taking a slower look at the everyday.
Having come through jobs at various galleries and photo libraries and learning so much along the way, I am so lucky to now have photography as my job - shooting mainly commercial and residential property. If you want to learn more about that, visit www.paulcliffordimages.com. I also enjoy creating new things out of objects I find, often working with natural forms that feed my creativity, and I like to draw and paint too. Alongside all this, I keep looking around, keep taking photos, and keep showing them when I can.
See lots of my work on the Galleries page, in the shop and also on my instagram @paulcliffordartist.
Community / Teaching
Marian Vian Primary School, Kent 'Creative Photography' workshops with Year Six
Marian Vian Primary School, Kent 'Introduction to Photography' workshops and exhibition with Year Six
Langdon Park School, London 'Photographing your Local Area' workshop with Year Six
Class of 2020, Surrey Quays, London
Viewpoints, Espacio Gallery, London
Catford Arts Trail, London
Small Selection, The Clerkenwell Gallery, London
Second Reality - Part One, Goldcrest Film, London
Dulwich Festival Artists Open House, London
A Sweco Selection, Sweco Sundsvall Art Society, Sundsvall, Sweden
Falling Shadows 2, Goldcrest Film, London
Falling Shadows 1, Curious Duke Gallery, London
Frozen in Amsterdam, London Canal Museum
Photomonth Photofair 2012, London
Recent Work, theprintspace, London
1morechild’s Notting Hill Party, London
Recent Work, Libertea, London
Photomonth Photofair 2011, London
Doors and Windows, Voluntary Action Islington, London
Evening in Venice, London Canal Museum
The Photography Collective, Rooftop Gallery, London
Peter Kinley Prize, Bath
New Artists, Candid Gallery, London
Off Limits, Old Leadworks, Bristol
Art To Go, Bath
Well Sprung, Bath
All images copyright © Paul Clifford. All rights reserved.