John Blakemore is a self-taught photographer, born in coventry in 1936. He discovered photography during national service with the Royal Air Force in the 1950’s. He’s an English photographer who has worked in documentary, still life and landscape and hand made books.
Since 2010 a large part of Blakemore’s archive has been held at the Library of Birmingham, in particular:
- Early Documentary Portraits (1986-1988).
- Landscape Photographs (1970-1981).
- Still Life Photographs (1980-2004).
- Tulipmania, Tulipa and other Tulip Studies (1980-2004).
- The Luminous Garden (1998 – 2002), earlier expressive colour works (1965-68) and Polaroids (1980s).
- Hand-made books and portfolios.
- Portfolios: Z15 (30 x 30), Zelda Cheatle Gallery.
- John Blakemore – Early Landscapes, Hoopers Gallery, 2004.
- Work prints, writings, notebooks, preparatory books, letters, catalogues and ephemera.
His work in landscape photography.
“Nearly all of John’s work is based on the exploration of a theme or topic and worked out as a series of pictures over time. For instance his original work on the metaphoric use of wounds of trees accompanied the break up of his first marriage. Then, as he became more entranced by the landscape, he started to try to capture some of the elemental forces at work (initially inspired by the raw landscape of Wales) such as the wind, change, play, water, etc. Each of these themes would be explored in minutiae, working from the study of one trip to the plan for the next. Taking visual discoveries and expanding on them to see where they took him. It is these series of pictures that many find so fascinating.” – Tim Parkin
John produces his landscape work in black and white which changes it from a generic photograph of a forest or a waterfall etc, to something more interesting it changes the mood of the setting from maybe a bright happy scenery to a much more gloomy one. but I don’t think it necessarily always changes it to a dark photo I think it can make the photograph look a lot more spiritual, which is what quite a few landscape artists and photographers try and portray through their work.