Robert Irvine – Avant Garde
Photography is a passion which has been with me ever since childhood, but moved to a new level in the early 70’s and has not relented since, with the exception of how perception changes the way things are viewed through the lens when struggling with mental illness.
My vision here is an attempt to forge a link between depression and hope by exploiting light and shadow in various forms of contrast as the link itself. Although having no expectations of the audience or even how they will react, there is an underlying desire to be able to reach beyond the image in the frame.
Having suffered with bipolar disorder for over forty years but struggling with its reality, my previous work reflected that denial with a much lighter and more colourful approach, and this exhibit attempts to communicates this transition. The realization that the acceptance of bipolar can be used as something more positive, this show attempts to not only accept the reality, but also to work with it as a constant companion through the expression of photography.
Influences are many, but among the most influential include Henry Peach Robinson, Dorothea Lange, Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alma Davenport de la Ronde and Horst P. Horst.