Oliver Wood ~ film crew pro member
I am interested in a wide range of subjects and do all the usual commercial photographer things: weddings, bands, postcard images for local lifestyle magazines and events.
But, I am also known (locally at least) for my creative and prolific documentary or diarist work. I have covered my locality in the minutest detail for many years. I was a very early adopter of the internet, possibly the first local photographer with a personal website and nearly all of my modest reputation has come about through this kind of activity.
I have never yet had a gallery show or similar! Generally, I have an interest in whimsy and the curious or beguiling aspects of the more rural and remote parts of the British Isles. I like weather, nature, verdant places and petricore moods after summer rain. The local landscapes of east Cheshire and Derbyshire are particularly inspiring to me. I think it is an atmospheric environment full of a sense of magic and a hint of the mysterious. It is moody, sometimes sullen, and even a little melancholic but I seem to thrive on this kind of ‘ambience’. As if it were the visual accompaniment to the kinds of jazz sounds and modalities that I like.
My work also tends to incorporate an intense curiosity for the details of all things, often quite curious things that we tend not to notice. I like to create bold images that have a quality of solidity with highly delineated composition and a certain density of form, sometimes I experiment with texture treatments or flat paint-like renderings and a large proportion of my images are shot on antiquated equipment.
Photographers I like: Helmut Newton, Minor White, Ansel Adams, John French and Gregory Crewdson
My work has been used by the following:-
• Cheshire Life – local interest publishing
• Global Film Makers – marketing & advertising
• House Creative – advertising agency
• Invasion Angels – Dancers
• ITV Granada – broadcasting & publishing
• John Swift Bespoke Homes – housing development
• Licklist – entertainment news & publishing
• Macclesfield Express – news & publishing
• Manchester Evening News – news & publishing
• News International – news & publishing
• NME – news & publishing
• North Star – advertising agency
• Paramount Pictures – film production
• PH Homes – housing development
• Prestbury Parish Council – local community
• Silkonia – voluntary community
• Stage Invaders – Dancers
• The Gate Design Group – advertising agency
• The Refinery – advertising agency
• Typocom – local interest publishing