Allan Forsyth

Allan Forsyth (b. 1971) is a photographic artist based in London. Forsyth's work explores a breadth of themes, reflected in the range of techniques he employs: analogue and digital exposures taken by the artist exist in his work, alongside computer generated imagery, photograms, and photographic collages from historic magazines and vintage postcards.  

 

Forsyth’s work conveys his love of the drama of nature, seeking to expand the beauty of natural forms that we sometimes overlook in everyday life showing an extra dimension in his work. The resulting works are mesmerising, vivid images of flora and fauna created by Forsyth using various photographic techniques to enhance colour and create movement. 

 

Forsyth often uses extensive digital manipulation in editing his images, resulting in a photographic aesthetic that is highly stylised and immediately recognisable.  He identifies himself as 'an artist that uses photography' rather than a photographer, emphasising the importance of the image over the tools and processes.  This move away from the camera has also led Forsyth to explore camera-less photo imaging techniques like the photogram, a Victorian Era process in which light projected onto photosensitive paper captures the silhouette of an object placed in front of it.  

 

Forsyth's work is exhibited and collected internationally. His awards include Certificate of Commendation at RHS Chelsea Flower Show (2011), Best Landscape for Brooklyn at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (2008) and the ICON Art & Design Award (2004).  

"Scottish photographer Allan Forsyth is unique in the fact that he doesn’t always like using a camera. The skills he has developed and demonstrates through his works are unusual – he uses old and new techniques such as analogue and digital exposures, computer generated imagery, photograms and collages, and has even moved into animation with moving ‘lenticular’ portraits. His works are inspired by the drama of nature – perhaps thanks to his being born in the Highlands of Scotland – and his images of animals and flowers tend to depict a surreal quality."

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