Colin Miller is a British photographer based in Brighton and Hove. His photographs have been described as ‘minimalist’, ‘impressionistic’ and ‘enigmatic’, but he most treasures a comment overheard at one of his exhibitions, ‘he should have gone to Specsavers’. Colin’s work seeks to answer the basic challenge that all urban based photographers face, that is how do you begin to photograph the visual chaos of a big city?
Much of what makes a city is ‘hidden’, especially the economic and social relations that form the glue of these places. The question is how do you capture the impact of globalisation, the alienation and exploitation of labour and work?
Colin’s images embrace the challenge by exploring the visual chaos, he highlights the fleeting, the ambiguous and the multilayered.
He says ‘ my photography is about people and how they shape and fit into the landscape. People in movement, in the shadows, glimpsed not seen, as reflections and impressions. I don’t think we ever properly see the people we share the space with fellow commuters, people on the street, those who serve us such as the cooks, the waiters, the retail workers, the drivers, the cleaners, those people who sit for hours in empty lobbies in giant glass buildings are, to all intents and purposes, invisible. But these are the people who are often the hardest working, the lowest paid, the most exploited. They are always in the background but never seen’.
His explorations of landscapes, building and close studies employs a similar sensibility, exploring the basic bare bones of the place.
Colin has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. His photographs have been accepted in a number of exhibitions including the Royal Photographic Society and the prestigious London Salon of Photographers, the annual exhibition of the London Independent Photographers and the Brighton and Hove Photo Biannual Photofringe.
He was awarded an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society in 2009.
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