Lensky Gallery is proud to present an exquisite exhibition of
Fine Art Photography by Trevor Ashby, a master of monochrome photography
and one of the finest contemporary British darkroom craftsmen.
Ashby's latest series of Still Life black and white photography
was created at Eden Project in Cornwall, where the artist spent
hours every week over the last two years taking pictures of fallen
flowers and exotic plants in the humid climate of the Eden biomes.
The result is a stunning collection of photographic masterpieces
depicting floral creations and various enigmatic still life images.
The artist carefully arranges his objects into intricate forms,
before capturing them using old twin-lens reflex cameras and classic
darkroom printing methods. Trevor Ashby's unique work impresses
viewers with its strong sense of design and complex composition,
as well as the richness of hues, which only true craftsmen can
manage to achieve in monochrome photography. The detail of the
petals and veins in the organic material, captured through meticulous
processing, gives the images such depth and beauty that they transfix
the viewer and engage us with the botanic milieu in a reverent
Trevor Ashby was born in 1944. He began to study art at secondary
school and continued at Birmingham College of Art. The artist
spent his early twenties travelling through Asia and North Africa,
to return to England in pursuit of work as an art teacher.
After acquiring professional art teaching qualifications Trevor
Ashby began his career in teaching photography and drawing &
painting in Herefordshire and subsequently at Oxford College of
Further Education, while consistently and rigorously developing
his skills as a fine art photographer and printer. In this digital
age the technique and skill of the traditional methods employed
by Ashby are to be hailed as awe-inspiring.
Taking photographs has been Ashby's passion all his life. His
subject matter ranges from quirky and thoughtful documentary shots
to enigmatic and mysterious Still Life. His particular interest
in antique cameras and complex dark-room printing methods has
led to an extensive repertoire of unique photographic creations
which sets him apart as one of the most respected artisans in
his field today.