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Juxtaposing the things we make: Danny Rowton and the and the world created by the hand of man

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Danny says about himself:

“I was born in Orsett, a quiet place between London and Southend.  I am a self-taught photographer from a working-class background. I used to be a professional musician but when that chapter of my life ended, I took up photography, something I always had a very keen interest in but never took seriously before this point.

Gradually, I have honed my interests thematically and once I did this, I began to make progress in the form of exhibitions locally, in London, as well as a combined showcase exhibition in Canada curated by Fotofilmic. I have also secured numerous magazine features through companies based in the USA, Europe, and the UK. The first book of my images is my next major target and I aim to make this a reality in 2018. ”

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About ‘The things we make’:

For the series ‘The Things We Make’ I look to capture the juxtaposition of the man-made industry with serenity. I personally see this clash often conjures up a feeling of unease and the feeling that something could happen but the viewer isn’t sure exactly what.

This openness to interpretation, like the subject matter, is also a man-made product, and it is a concept that intrigues me and drives the series.

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It is a theme that grew organically in the sense that I didn’t consciously set out to shoot what the series ultimately became. I just find myself pulled towards this theme and I am capturing something that makes me think about both the beauty and ugliness of man’s impact on the World, and this is my own interpretation of that. It is important that people are not shown in the images, so the enigmatic absence of people is what makes the series about them.

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I try to conjure up poetic imagery, whether it is in this series or my other work, such as the Nightshift series. I am drawn to a sparse composition of urban landscapes mainly, and I work using Medium Format film cameras which I find perfect for my style and the finished look I want to achieve.

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