The Jetty Gallery
Paul Boyle has practised photography since age 14 and began processing/printing his own work while studying at Glasgow School of Art (1969-73). He has trained himself to a high technical standard, initially in monochrome and colour chemical photography, and now works in the digital realm.
Paul began work on this series of images from 2009 onwards and on retiring from teaching Art & Design has been regularly exhibiting his Hullscapes themes.
Paul looks upon his creative practice as a form of printmaking and thinks almost entirely in terms of handling of visual elements, as opposed to the use of the camera primarily as a recording tool. He is a member of the Glasgow Print Studio. Direct influences include Matisse, Picasso, Klee, Miro, Nicholson. Photographers include Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Walker Evans.
In the Hullscapes theme he references the truism that things are, or become, products of conditions or environment, as the sea seems to have left its stamp on these dry docked vessels.
Paul composes within the viewfinder and develops the digital image to the degree that it will print correctly. In his studio he produces images using archive quality print media.