BA (Hons) Photography
2020 AOP Student Awards: Finalist in the People category
Chris Roberts is a British photographic artist based in London and Norwich. His work has had success in both print and exhibition and has appeared in the Telegraph, Forbes online, Storehouse Magazine, Uncertain States, Broadsheet and the 2019 ESTY photo exhibition.
For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by the nuances that differentiate self from stranger and on a larger scale, what factors can inherently influence and irreproachably alter a social identity. That is to say, what makes me, us and them, unique. Throughout my reflective process, I have tried to better understand how the small, seemingly unimportant events throughout my adolescent years have resonated with me on some subconscious level, so much so, that they have by association become part of my makeup.
The theme of Isolation runs throughout much of my work, often intertwined with a visual exploration and dissection of masculinity. For myself and many men, isolation and masculinity share a somewhat symbiotic relationship ‘they’ exist as a couple. The societal stereotypes on the ‘male condition’; strong, stoic, emotionally cold etc. stigmatise and limit the range of outward emotions that a male may comfortably exhibit without fear of reproach. By being conscious of these stereotypes and continuing to find catharsis through photography, I can begin to develop my own emotional truths and dissolve the barriers to growth.
My approach to photography shares technique with the world of cinema, taking influence from such Directors and DP‚ as Harmony Korine, Emmanuel Lubezki and Mike Gioulakis whilst also drawing inspiration from a range of photographers and painters such as Nicky Hamilton, Gregory Crewdson, Erwin Olaf and Edward Hopper (to name but a few). Throughout my developing practice I have been lucky enough to assist a number of photographers whose own practices encompass a full spectrum of disciplines. Following Graduation from my degree in photography in 2020, I will focus on creating more opportunities to assist photographers on a more permanent basis in order to develop my practice further.