Michael Critchley: Blue Dancers

Blue Dancers by Michael Critchley

Visualising the senses…

Michael first started taking photographs in 1965 when he was a student at school and continued doing so when at the London College of Printing, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts diploma in graphic design. His immediate employment after college was in Düsseldorf, where he worked as a designer for five years before moving to Sydney, where he worked in advertising as an Art Director until returning to England in 2004 and started photographing again.

“As visual artists, we explore various concepts when creating our work. How do we paint the colour of sadness or sounds? What colour is the taste of honey or the smell of freshly baked bread? How do we express the feeling of silk on skin or a nettle sting. And for me – how do I visualise the energy of movement in a still image (a theme explored in the early 1900’s by Boccioni of the ‘Futurist’ art movement and by the photographer Eadweard Muybridge in the 1870’s). Photography is spontaneous and in 1965 I took my first ‘movement’ photograph in black & white of a swirling Flamenco dancer. I was so fascinated by the image that this theme has stayed with me ever since and fifty years later I am still photographing movement!Now, using computer software, I have combined five photographstogether to produce an image of consecutive movements that portray the emotion, expression and joy of ballet.

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