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A look at the photographic work of reader Graham Rhodes and his gallery – Aakschipper Images, in Scarborough, England
In August 2009 Graham Rhodes opened a small gallery exhibiting a selection of his unique photographs. This gallery is in an unusual location, above the public conveniences, halfway along Scarborough ’s West Pier in a grade two listed building that once housed a company buying and selling fish.
Graham Rhodes has been manipulating images all his working life. As a book and record sleeve designer creating images for such clients as Octopus Books and The Police (the band not the force!), before going onto become an audio-visual designer, video director and conference producer. In his time he designed conference launches for Monster Munch, new cars for Volvo and Rover, public information films for the Home Office and Yorkshire Water, and sales conferences fo Coca Cola, British Airways and many other blue chip companies. He also created the York Story that ran for a number of years in the centre of York.
After eighteen years in London he returned to Yorkshire heading up the production arm of a York based company. In 2001, now a full time scriptwriter for both corporate videos and computer games he moved to Scarborough where he founded a small pub based theatre company. However his purchase of a digital camera galvanised him to take his own photographs. Recognising the computer was a unique opportunity to mutate both image and colour, he took some months out to learn Photoshop techniques, allowing him to realize his own personal artistic interpretation of the image.
“My aim is to create photographic images that create a sense of timelessness through manipulation of colour and tone thus allowing the viewer to choose their own interpretation of the image and its rightful place in time and location.”
To see a range of Grahams images please see his web site at http://www.aakschipperimages.com
For a background to Graham and a look at his wide and varied career in production and writing – http://www.grahamrhodes.com