Welcome (back) to PhotoBear.Co.Uk
I have decided to re-launch PhotoBear.Co.UK, my first ever site dedicated to male photography.
I removed the original site because it had become unwieldy and difficult to navigate - a good lesson in how poor planning can lead to big headaches. I now regret the decision to remove the site, in part because of the feedback I've had from people who really loved it. I've been told that it was one of the few places where "ordinary" men were beautifully depicted, and where a six-pack wasn't a pre-requisite for being attractive. Perhaps PhotoBear.Co.UK's launch coincided with the expansion of the "bear" phenomenon and, I believe, more importantly, a decision on the part of many to expand their views on what was beautifully masculine.
The new site will inevitably be different. I have two other sites that, thanks to skilled designers, show off my photography to great advantage. They are galleries of a sort, but lack the ability to enter into a dialogue with the viewer. Here I have created collections of my work in galleries that explore themes, ideas and concepts. My objective is to raise questions in the text and address those questions with the photographs in the related gallery. I've been looking forward to doing this, in part encouraged by a close friend and fellow photographer. I now feel able to enjoy and explore this approach because my body of work is large and broad enough to allow for it.
My other sites receive a great deal of traffic, which makes me very happy. Having ones work seen is fundamental to a photographer's spirit. But feedback other than a simple compliment is rare. With this site I hope people feel compelled to write back and comment not only on the work, but on the themes it tries to address and wether or not it has been successful in doing so.