My name is Ian Talbot and I am an artist and photographer. I live in London with my wife, Desirée.
I was born in London in 1951 which makes me a "baby boomer”, a fact which has probably greatly influenced my outlook on life.
What fascinates me most is how the world, and the things in it, can look as a photograph. For me that was always the magic of photography, the mystery that first drew me to the medium.
Most of the colour photography I have seen records reality too faithfully and shows me only what I already know. It is mere information. I am not concerned with documenting the world; I leave that to others. Documentary is what it is and art is something other and rarely do the twain meet. I have, therefore, little interest in recording the world as it is. Accordingly, until fairly recently, I had worked almost exclusively in monochrome. Lately, however, ignoring the “fact” of colour has seemed an increasingly unsustainable affectation, especially in our brave new digital age. As, perhaps, for different reasons so does so called “straight” photography - whatever that may be. Nevertheless, we are where we are, and my newer work thus represents a “loosening up”, a greater willingness to experiment.
So be it... it will lead me where it will.
In conclusion, I would like to say that I consider all my work to be a collaboration with my beautiful wife, an accomplished photographer in her own right. Without her unfailing love and support nothing would be possible.
She is, quite simply, the inspiration for everything I do.
You can see her photographic images at her website:
Moments and Observations