Mill Isle, Ireland

From Mill Isle, Ireland, a tradiional monochrome photographic artist specialises in abstract realism and the interplay of light and...

With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things." ~ William Wordsworth

Ragman MASTER of Black and White Photography
awarded by Black & White Spotlight ~ THE MASTERS Dec 2010

The Shirt featured on RedBubble Homepage 15th Sept 2010

Life is not merely measured by the number of breaths you take in a lifetime,
but by the number of times you have your breath taken away

Add to that the most important element of all ~ light, for if there is no light to illuminate then I won’t be able to see or capture.*

In summary my strategy is quite simply ~ Space, Shape, Shade = Structure

We come across things on our journey normally things which others have not seen or neglected or passed over them. I am but a ragman, picking up things that others have discarded or overlooked, and in collecting and recording revive them and hopefully add a sparkle. The above thoughts are mine drawn from my own experience.

So what works of mine are my favourites click below to see my ten

*Ragman’s Riches

Photographs – mere nothings – thrice times mere nothings ~ domestic jottings, reminders of appointments, memory joggers, unimportant meetings, small facts of little interest. Moments in the momentous lives of ordinary people – that these moments existed is never in doubt, but their unimportance within the grand scheme of things is significant only within its insignificance.

They are but ragman’s riches – discarded but snatched and revived – discovered as art implements – mere artefacts. The ragman or ragpicker goes out and collects things which others have discarded (or ignored) and through his sense of beauty in the common things turns them into ragman’s riches.*

  • Joined: January 2008



Recently I was honoured with yet another image featured on the Redbubble Home Page;which brings a total of fifteen attained at Redbubble: [please click on each image for further details] / WHO OWNS THOSE BOOTS BENEATH THE BED WHERE MY OLD BOOTS SHOULD BE / Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra, Northern Ireland [digital capture] / THE SHIRT / Calke Abbey, Derbyshire [digital capture] / NEW LIGHT THRU OLD WI…
Posted over 7 years – 20 comments

Insight into an Image #1 Miller Lite

Insight behind the image.: Miller lite / It was eight years ago, an August bank holiday Monday, just before three o’clock in the afternoon; / It was only a very basic early digital compact camera, with a maximum file size of just 1002.9KB (1026922 Bytes); tiny in comparison with some of today’s cameras. / It doesn’t work any more; it is nothing compared to today’s digital offerings; but it hadn’t…
Posted over 7 years – 6 comments

Ragman says (thoughts from the ragman) #2

Open your mind, eye and soul / Put them on the same axis / Then you have a line of communication / For your art / That will reach from you the artist / To those ~ the viewer and receiver / Then your medium becomes alive / As a tool for reaching others / Then and only then you can achieve / The contemplative vision / The communicative image / The creative connection / The completed circle / The ke…
Posted over 8 years – 10 comments

Ragman says (thoughts from the ragman) #1

In making a photographic capture, the simple bit is pressing the shutter; but knowing as to whether it is the right time to do it is slightly more difficult; / The next step is a higher level ~ knowing what to include or what to exclude, and arrangement and order achieving a finer composition takes you there. / But rather more difficult is communicating what you see, and why you have recorded; / …
Posted over 8 years – 11 comments
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