Transforming the Ordinary – Phil Chetwynd Photography Exhibition

Wednesday 8th - Friday 24th November 2017
10am - 5pm, free entry

Transforming the Ordinary
– another world is possible

We shouldn’t be afraid of the ordinary. From the ordinary can emerge extraordinary beauty. I have long been fascinated by the relatively ordinary in nature – a patch of lichen on stone, the rugged texture of a tree-trunk, or the flow of seawater over pebbles.

I have also been a lifelong believer in the socially transformative nature of art. Good art subverts the way in which we think about existing art and society, helping new worlds to emerge.

So how did this interest in the ordinary square with the my ideas about subversive art, and why photograph the ordinary?

In the age of digital photography new worlds are indeed possible. The image can be transformed by technical means producing a startling alternative to the ordinary. In this exhibition I present some results of my explorations in transforming ordinary images. The impact of technology on nature is, of course, a hot theme of our time. Is the result necessarily destructive, do we debase nature by manipulating it, or can something of beauty emerge ?

The images can be purchased at a cost of £15 (small frames) and £25 (large frames). All proceeds will be donated to the Network of Photographers for Palestine, of which I am a member.

Phil Chetwynd

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