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For those unfamiliar with my name (say as 'Greg'). I have spent the last few years since 2010 as a music photographer, only recently deciding to show my fine art, street and documentary photography too, for which this website is designed.
As a music photographer I have been widely published including in national print magazines and across album and EP covers. I operate primarily within the UK music scene in which I specialise mainly in studio based portraiture (location shoots too) but also live gig imagery of touring level bands and artists from the UK and across the world. There is a separate website for my music photography which you can see by visiting www.greigclifford.com.

A-031 - Crowdsurfer - by Greig Clifford
A-031 - Crowdsurfer. Copr. Copyright © 2018 GREIG CLIFFORD.

However, when I'm not busy building my career in music photography I like to explore photographic ideas that fall outside the remit of promotional band portraiture and live event shots. I try to create images that are equally at home displayed on a wall or in a publication. I take inspiration from the classic documentary and original street photographers of yesteryear, particularly those who combined the documentary style with a highly artistic aesthetic, and I try to apply a similar timeless feel to my own image making. It's partly why my preference is to make black and white images even though I have until recently mosty shot on colour film or with digital cameras.

When using film I develop the rolls myself. Even though I trained in darkroom printing, and still have my own darkroom setup, that side of the image making process isn't something I really enjoy so I prefer to scan the developed film and ready the images digitally for professional printing later. This hybrid workflow gives me the most freedom to realise my intentions for each image.

A-027 - Child and a beach hut made of mirrors - by Greig Clifford
A-027 - Child and a beach hut made of mirrors. Copr. Copyright © 2015 GREIG CLIFFORD.

The digital process usually involves converting the image to black and white, making adjustments to contrast, and dodging and burning... all traditional darkroom methods. Sometimes, I'll manipulate an image further if there's any non-essential element that may be particularly distracting (only ever for artistic prints and never with images to be used for photojournalistic purposes). Occasionally I'll shoot specifically with a mind to merge shots, perhaps for a composite, or because a particular camera cannot easily do multiple exposures, for instance.

I almost always crop the image too. Most of my SLRs show less than 100% viewfinder coverage so they always capture more than one can see when composing. Old rangefinders such as my Leica iiif have the viewfinder/lens parallax issue to contend with too, and only use prime lenses, so I have always composed with a mind to make a crop.

A-015 - Dog in Basket with Chauffeur on a Pier - by Greig Clifford
A-015 - Dog in Basket with Chauffeur on a Pier. Copr. Copyright © 2013 GREIG CLIFFORD.

I love to people-watch. I like to create images as a quiet unnoticed spectator of life around me. I don't usually want my presence to affect what's going on in front of my lens. I'm particularly drawn to creating images that hint at non-tangible elements of human nature, like emotions, or themes such as companionship, curiosity, determination, freedom, isolation, loss, contentment, moments of contemplation, and all manner of connections and interactions between people and the world around them.

Because there are times when the photographer life can be quite a solitary one it's important to be able to feel happy in one's own company. However, it is easy to fall into a bit of a non-sociable rut at times and some of my images are certainly born from these feelings, with a sense of space and solitude finding a greater emphasis.

A-013 - 9:20. Snowfall Walk, on the Pier - by Greig Clifford
A-013 - 9:20. Snowfall Walk, on the Pier. Copr. Copyright © 2018 GREIG CLIFFORD.

I live in a seaside town in the South of England, a location well suited for coast, country and city life. I visit London often, and occasionally have opportunities to travel further, even abroad from time to time. So, although I sometimes make images of a more exotic nature, my photography comes usually from the more ordinary surroundings of my daily life.

As a consequence, you're unlikely to see many photos of war zones or long lost jungle tribes here. I'd like to hope, though, that my images are therefore more relatable to a wider public, perhaps finding emotional connections on a personal level... to hopefully find a place in your print collection?

I'm always looking to make new contacts... if you like what I do say hi!

If you are keen and able to help bring my photography to a wider audience I'd be very happy to hear from you! Contact details are at the top of every page.

Here are some publications who took the time to share some of my photography and thoughts. I'm very thankful indeed. Please do check them out...

Elements of Human Nature - Greig Clifford on TAGREE.deGreig Clifford solo exhibition at Photo Fringe 2020. An Introduction...

RAW INTENSITY - Spectaculum Magazine. Music photography by Greig Clifford feature10 Questions with Greig Clifford on Shout About It


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