PHOTOGRAPHY as ART
A selection of monochrome images from Europe & North America
by George E. Todd
This book shows the wide range of subjects that continue to attract me, though doubtless others would make a different selection from the still growing total. Many of the pictures seen within number among my most frequently exhibited images, including those in From Seeing to Showing*.
Visitors to my exhibitions often ask “is that a painting?“ pointing to one of the pictures. Others need no convincing; they actually do see it as a painting. But this is never my intention, but if this is a result of the way I see a motif, then so be it. But just how did I see it that way – intuitively, perhaps? It's difficult to explain...
*From Seeing to Showing; 2001, Aurum Press, London 2001, ISBN 1-902538-11-0
Born in 1925 in Grimsby, England I soon showed artistic aptitude and won a scholarship to study graphic design – studies disrupted by the war, and service in Royal Air Force. After the war I worked on missiles and the Skylark research rocket. In 1972 I was offered a job in the German Aerospace Research Organization, the NASA of Germany. The change of life-style in Bavaria triggered me to take photography seriously, making close-ups of Alpine flowers for my wife. This developed into a fascination for detail and still life, as well as landscapes, making images featured in my exhibitions and several books. We made many journeys around the Greek islands, France, Italy, Spain & Portugal, shooting literally acres of film. I have often said that if a motif presents itself suddenly ‘out of the blue’, I see it intuitively as a graphic image or some abstract design – a reaction difficult to describe and almost impossible to teach others. I photograph anything that stands or moves, or moves me.
SHOESTRING RACER Published June 01, 2015
Sketches of Spain Published April 30, 2014
Obrigado Portugal Published December 30, 2013
Along the way - Auf dem Weg Published December 09, 2012
INSIDE STORIES Published October 15, 2012
GREEK ISLAND DAYS Published July 30, 2012
TRAVELS ON A BSA BANTAM Published November 19, 2011
HOCHSTADT Published April 14, 2011