In the world of super advanced technology, black and white photography has gained a new appreciation for its back to basics approach. This happens to be method that Paul Cooklin chooses to exploit and you can see why from his collection of glassy perfected images. Growing up with his dad’s passion for visual arts, Paul was influenced by and ultimately inspired years later to change careers. Encouraged by his awe of cinematography in the Star Wars films, Paul dived into the professional world of capturing pictures. His works have illustrated the pages of Time Magazine and been crafted into a Published Book, Entitled “Cuba on Film”. The Cuba collections are populated with lustrous images of the Caribbean and curated by City Pulse.
The crystal clear realms presented in Paul’s photographs traps the viewer into a sublime location, where harmony is celebrated in the absence of multi colour. Only by taking these scenes to the basics of hue does their impact of size and existence fully hit us. Paul has a knack for glorifying locations in print and on screen, that in reality fall short of his creations; It is not the capturing of a moment but rather a snap shot of a vision. Shunning LCD screens and post digital tweaking, Paul attempts to capture his own concept by developing and hand printing each negative in his own darkroom. Although his work is limited to the mechanics of analogue, the results are equal to that of its photoshoped counterparts. This generates a greater appreciation for how such art is made in a culture where fakery is the norm.It is not so much a documentary of places on the earth but rather a documentary on how Paul see’s or wants us to see the world around us. You could easily imagine his stylised photographs being a coffee table book you go back to time again.
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