CORNISH ARTISTS IN FOCUS: PENZANCE'S LUKE BROWN
Ready Salted is a new body of work by Penzance-based photographer Luke Brown documenting life in Cornwall on show in Mousehole
Luke Brown started taking photographs at the age of nine with an Olympus Trip, which his mother gave him. He remembers everyone on his street having the same camera, the result of a box of Olympus Trips falling of a lorry…. Prior to that he had been mentally taking photographs by blinking for as long as he can remember so this was a welcome gift.
Brown moved to Cornwall from Thurrock, Essex aged fourteen. His father ran a framing shop in St Ives so he was surrounded by artistic personalities when growing up – in particular the travelling sculptor, Max Barrett. There were a lot of big characters in a small town which made them all very passionate… I remember seeing someone throw a glass of red wine at a perfectly white wall, it seemed the most beautiful and spoilt middle-class thing in my fourteen year old mind.’
Brown specialised in photography during his foundation year at Falmouth School of Art. He found that photography was something that came easily to him; it was a language that he naturally understood. Brown takes inspiration from street photography, old black and white images – in particular Latigue and Bresson whose photographs he sees as being happy and beautifully composed, capturing a precise moment that seems to defy the ability of their cameras’.
Brown lives in Penzance, he has been a youth and community worker around Cornwall for the past fourteen years. He uses photography, film, painting and editing as tools to help people express themselves and their surroundings.
The exhibition runs until 28 February 2015. Prices range from £160-£550 (framed) and from £80 unframed.
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