About

The first mirrored image I produced, and the only one composited from two photographs

In 2007 I noticed and admired the work of several artists using horizontal and/or vertical mirroring in architectural photography, and began to imagine what results I might achieve by focusing on other subjects. To begin with I tried mixing built with natural elements, and my first exhibition included pieces that contained both. Over the years however I have gradually moved to excluding the built environment from my compositions to focus on purely natural forms.

Planting and platform canopy at Moor Street Station with the familiar Birmingham landmarks of the Selfridges Building and the Rotunda in the background

The images are, as far as possible, straight from camera with a minimum of post-processing. They may be colour and contrast corrected and, in some cases, cropped along one or both of the mirrored edges to fine tune the joins that are so critical to making the composition work. It would be possible, although very labour intensive, to produce prints like these using traditional photographic film and printing processes. however, all these have been taken and assembled digitally.

Fir tree and glasshouse at the Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston

Over the ten years I have been sporadically making these images, I have been kept busy as a film-maker and editor, and have consequently done very little in the way of exhibiting or otherwise sharing my photographic work. Since being struck by ME/CFS in 2013, I have had to accept that the intense effort and long hours typical in film-making are now beyond me, but photography, when conditions are favourable and in short sessions, is still doable, and the project of curating this body of work has been a joyfully consoling experience!

I hope you enjoy viewing my work.

John Hill-Daniel