British-born Photographer, and Sculptor, Stephen Williams now shares his time between Provence and London. Trained as an Architect, he designed luxury hotels over several decades both in the UK and internationally, where his photographs are often an integral part of the interior. He travels widely but returns frequently to the pure light and evocative emotions of Provence for new inspiration, seeing this as a complementary contrast to the ethereal nature and cool light he captures in Northern Europe.
His work encompases a series of studies grouped within an overall description of ‘Reflections’, ‘Abstractions’ and ‘Shadows’, exploring the extraordinary that can be abstracted from the world: capturing the beauty of the overlooked and often mundane and transfiguring the obvious into something astonishing. His images can evoke a strong emotional relationship with the subject without necessarily presenting a literal view.
Abstraction is a major element of his work, seeking elements of a place which will express the essential atmosphere and sense of it. It is a very personal approach seeking a subjective response to what he sees.
The complex interplay of object, form, colour and texture combined with sunlight, shadows and reflection is a key part of his interest, often simplified to extract the essence. Moving away from a simplistic representation, he seeks to make sense of what we are looking at in breaking down the subject in a painterly manner.
Water has become an obsession, looking wherever he goes to use the distortions and rhythms created by the motion of the water and the distorted reflections and refractions of light to create a magical world and grasp the spirit of the place.
He is becoming increasingly interested in people and their environment as can be seen in ‘Landscape’, ‘Architecture’, ‘People’ and ‘Nature’, with several collections devoted to traditional life and people in Provence. This has culminated in the expressions of pure human joy seen in his latest work during 2014 in South Africa, England and France observing young people’s response to the sea.
He shoots with a Canon 1DX using a Canon EF 24-70MM 1:2.8L zoom lens and also a 100-400 1:2.5-5.6L IS zoom lens. The longer lens is used for the majority of his work in this book. However, he does not overlook the uses of a simple companion compact camera always carried in his pocket to capture a fleeting moment that would otherwise be lost.
In 2015 he is complementing his photographs of Tamil Nadhu and Kerala with series from visits to Umbria and Venice to investigate the light and reflections of Italy as well as continuing studies in Provence, Scotland and South Africa.
The French Riviera: A Cultural History by Julian Hale
Illustrations together with Dorothy Bohm
“Water” to be published in 2015 to compliment his new solo exhibition at CirCa Gallery in Arles during “Les Rencontres d'Arles” International Photographic Festival
2015 ‘Water’ Circa, Arles
2014 ‘Reflections on Life’ Art Bermondsey, London
2004 ‘Abstractions’ Kensington & Chelsea ,2004
Sofitel Heathrow Hotel Heathrow Terminal 5, London
Sofitel Spa Heathrow Terminal 5, London
Sofitel Conference Heathrow Terminal 5, London
Albert Roux Restaurant Heathrow Terminal 5, London
Arora International Gatwick
Arora International Manchester