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
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
A-031 - Crowdsurfer. Copr. Copyright © 2018 GREIG
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. 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. 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
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. 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
I'm always looking to make new contacts... if you like what I do say
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
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...
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