Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Catch Up: Geoffrey Agrons
Posted by Maxine Harris
FUSSED last featured Geoffrey in January of this year. His photography proved dramatic and evocative, and his latest efforts are no shortfall. Having seen his latest spectacular work, FUSSED decided to catch up with the talented photographer to discuss his work and what he’s been up to since January.
Asked why he wanted to become a photographer, Geoffrey replied ‘I had pursued a career as a physician (I am a diagnostic radiologist). Essential to my work was the systematic and objective analysis of gray scale images of the human body and the careful description of relevant clinical findings. In time I grew interested in a different sort of image, captured by still camera outside the hospital’s darkened reading room. I suppose I wanted to explore the emotional impact of images in a way that transcended language’.
Geoffrey often describes his work using ‘the neologism “melancholigraphy” [...] It was easier to coin the term than to define it! I suppose it reflects my interest in the poignancy of our relationship to the natural world, a fondness for black and white photography, and my predilection for wistful landscapes’. This is certainly apparent in his latest photography work featured above. Asked about
the concepts behind the work above, Geoffrey responded ‘Lately I’ve had a penchant for high contrast black and white still life studies and landscapes that feature the moodiness of fog, shifting light, and shadow in and around the San Francisco Bay’.
Despite only being four months into 2012, Geoffrey has achieved a lot. As well as winning two awards for his photographic work, his work has been featured all over the States as part of the Juried Exhibition, continuuing until 23rd June 2012. So if you find yourself over in America in the next few months in either Colorado or Vermont, it’s well worth paying a visit to the Juried Exhibition. In February 2012, Geoffrey ‘gave a short talk in support of an exhibition of selected works at Holton Studio Frame-makers in Emeryville, CA. Master craftsman Tim Holton discusses his approach to close framing of photographs here: A Frame-Maker's Journal: Framing Photographs—I: Contemporary Landscapes by Geoffrey AgronsContemporary Landscapes by Geoffrey Agrons.’
It would appear Geoffrey has no immediate plans for the future. However, I am in no doubt that all Geoffrey has achieved so far in 2012 will be multiplied, and then some by the end of the year.
You can see FUSSED’s earlier blog post on Geoffrey here.