Picturesque/Banal explores the interplay between beauty and ordinariness. The subjects in themselves might be easily overlooked but with close attention and careful framing other qualities are revealed.

Picturesque/Banal - Tom Hutton
Picturesque/Banal - Tom Hutton
Picturesque/Banal - Tom Hutton
Picturesque/Banal - Tom Hutton
Picturesque/Banal - Tom Hutton
Picturesque/Banal - Tom Hutton

My personal projects include ‘Picturesque/Banal’ which explores the interplay between beauty and ordinariness. The subjects in themselves might be easily overlooked but with close attention and careful framing other qualities are revealed. Usually, it’s the colours that attract me first. I find myself stopping in my tracks after a certain colour catches my eye, and try to make a quick composition from it. I shoot pretty much exclusively on film, so I usually just take one shot and hope that it works out.

I also have a second project personal project ‘incidental people’ which illustrates, by close observation, how we sometimes behave in particular urban & social contexts.

This project can be found on my website at www.tom-hutton.format.com

Picturesque/Banal - Tom Hutton
Picturesque/Banal - Tom Hutton
Picturesque/Banal - Tom Hutton
Picturesque/Banal - Tom Hutton
Picturesque/Banal - Tom Hutton
Picturesque/Banal - Tom Hutton
Picturesque/Banal - Tom Hutton
Picturesque/Banal - Tom Hutton

You're currently an Ambassador for John Byrne Award, could you tell us little about this please?

 

Sure, working as an Ambassador for the John Byrne Award at Napier University allows me to engage with a wider creative community and also helps inform my project work. The Award encourages a values-based approach in the creation of new work. It encourages thoughtfulness and reflection and this has helped me consider my own position as an emerging photographer.

I also form part of Napier Photo Collective 2019. The Collective is a select group of final-year students who exhibit degree show work at the Free Range festival in London every summer as a showcase for Edinburgh Napier University. We’ll be showing at the Truman Brewery in London from 21st to 28th of June. I’m looking forward to curating and showcasing my work at such a prestigious event.

Picturesque/Banal - Tom Hutton
Picturesque/Banal - Tom Hutton

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