A self-taught photographer from Wivenhoe, Richard Hayward is our featured artist this month.
Like many of the artists that we stock in Hazel Gallery, Richard’s skills have a firm grounding in traditional process and practice. As well as being self-taught, he also learned by using a manual film camera. We think you’ll agree that he’s definitely not a keen amateur anymore!
As with most photography, there are three main elements that make Richard’s work spectacular. The first is his choice of subject matter, often using the landscapes of Essex, Suffolk and East Anglia as his primary focus. Inspiration can even be found outside his front door, “My riverside home in Wivenhoe offers new photographic possibilities on each new tide and coastal imagery constantly features in my work”.
Composistion is the second element to appreciate, “I’m drawn to form and texture”, and his contemporary compositions evoke “a distilled empathy” for his subject. As well as this, his focus on simple details means that “the viewer is invited to appreciate the tactile qualities of the world around us, in ways that are often overlooked.”
Finally, there is the quality of the prints themselves to consider. As well as being striking images in their own right, the rich dark tones are also a strong link to one of Richard’s inspirations, the photographer Bill Brandt.
Richard’s Tales From The Riverbank photos are available from Hazel Galery as individual postcards at 95 p each or a set of 15 for £10, along with large mounted East Anglia landscape prints at £75 each.