About Leigh Kemp

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Built in the fifties, original and unrestored with some parts still in working order :) and living in London UK I am a self-taught photographer and digital artist. My late mother was very artistic and my father’s very musical so it’s perhaps no surprise that my interest has always been in the arts and music.I think that creating a piece of art is like experimental cooking, add a pinch of this, a dash of that, until one is satisfied with the result. I don’t think that I have a particular “style”. I love experimentation and like to switch subjects and techniques and every work is different in its way.

If I have any style at all it is that I have a fascination with producing “painterly” works. Landscapes and portraits are probably my favourite subjects and I love to travel whenever I get the opportunity to do so. I am a “one man band”, apart from my artwork I design and manage all my own marketing and promotional materials for my website, blogs and social media pages. 2015 was a very tough year trying to get established and promote my art and I’ve learned a lot of valuable lessons along the way. I am extremely tenacious and passionate about my art and I won’t be beaten so I’m looking forward optimistically to whatever challenges the future has in store.

I really like monochrome, it was mostly all I could afford back in my film days as it was cheaper to buy and process and I grew up with black and white television and newspapers so it didn’t seem strange to me at all. A friend said to me once that he couldn’t understand why anyone would work in black and white well here’s my take on it. It removes a layer of information (colour) and I think it concentrates the eye on other aspects such as subject, geometry, perspective and composition.

I think the thing that I’ve learned the most is that my work doesn’t really fit easily in any ready made pigeon holes. If I describe myself as an artist then a lot of people’s expectations are that I carry brushes and and an easel around with me on my travels. If I describe my work as Fine Art Photography then people expect pure unadulterated photography. I guess I like to blur these preconceived lines and do whatever takes my fancy in whatever style that I wish. Maybe my work falls between two stools so as to speak but it’s what drives me on


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