My training in Fine Art allowed me to explore nominal and unexceptional objects and portray them in a way that would appeal. Upon graduating and working in the film industry, I keenly observed how a written story could exist symbiotically with images.
While living in London, I was exposed to a much larger scale of production on both stills and movie sets, and observed a variety of famous directors and photographers at work. All this creative largesse around me eventually grew into a frustration – and this only because I longed to be more than a coffee and errand boy! And so I began to write my own stories, and the precursor of much of this written narrative was a flow of succinct mental imagery, each one carefully thought out and executed – which of course was how I had been trained to think up to now.
My progression from coffee and errand boy at this particular studio was the opportunity to photograph an advertising campaign, and another, and another. The education in this was dealing with directing people, the weight of production, and a diplomacy that would allow me to communicate on set, in order to extract a performance from whoever might be in front of my lens. But still there was a visual frustration, in that I felt that there was a great beauty in allowing images and stories to evolve in narrative, and that commercial structure did not always allow for this.
My art represents narrative in a sequence of still images, stories I have written in photographs. It is important that each frame should be independently strong, but also that it should be cohesive in style and treatment to the rest of the series. The paragraph above reveals some insight into the last ten years of development because each of these tributaries has at last formed a unified direction in my personal expression, which attempts to challenge the viewer, to probe and hopefully to encourage by exploring various themes.
Huw Morris graduated in Fine Art from Rhodes University in 2001, and has been working in commercial photography since then. He is married to Felicity, with two boys Jesse and Eden. ‘So, this is Desire’ is his first show.