A feeling for composition is a great asset. I think it is very much a matter of instinct. It can perhaps be developed, but I doubt if it can be learned. To achieve his best work, the young photographer must discover what really excites him visually. He must discover his own world.
– Bill Brandt, 1948
Taking inspiration from such diverse sources as Karl Blossfeldt, David Bailey, Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton and Lillian Bassman, Fenris tries to capture photographs in a style that allows the subject to tell the story of its own world. But he doesn’t just confine this method to portrait photography; he applies it to other genres such as still life, architecture and landscape. His ‘style’ enables him to grant the viewer a slice or snapshot of the photographic subject’s existence, be it through the colour and intricacies of a flower or the architect’s passion reflected in the design of a building.
Over the last twenty years, Fenris has been continuing to expand his ‘personal world’ by entering the fast-paced life of event photography, working closely with the performers in order to capture not only the atmosphere of the event but also the personality of the individual. He aims to produce work that develops a relationship between the subject and the viewer, taking them into the world contained within the image.
He has recently exhibited some of his Fine Art Photography and is continuing to develop the series of images based on the Colorfield paintings of Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko with the hope of another exhibition soon.
Having completed a BA in Photographic Art, Fenris continues shooting and discovering his ‘own world’.
“Photography is a great passion; there is nowhere I’d rather be than behind my camera, seeing something wonderful through my own lens.”
Fenris Oswin • PHOTOGRAPHER