This week we met photographer John Tweddle to discover what inspires his work and why his latest project requires a seriously large wall space.
Who are you?
My name is John Tweddell and I live in Victoria Road, Emsworth (location 11)
What type of artist are you?
I am foremost a photographer and digital artist although I have worked with pastels, acrylic paints and mixed media.
Do you have a background in art/design – when did you first start your creative journey?
I studied photography at the Regent Polytechnic and the London College of Printing. I then joined Hawker Aircraft, initially in its photographic darkroom and progressing to become its chief photographer.
Can you describe your creative process?
I spend a couple of hours every day walking with my dogs on the Emsworth shoreline and taking photographs. I use these to create my digital and traditional art work. Many of my set piece digital works use up to 100 photographs to create the finished canvasses.
What do you enjoy most about the process?
I have always been interested in technology, getting my first micro computer in the 70s. So much so that I left Hawkers (then British Aerospace) to join IBM and help launch its PC in the United States in 1982.
Digital photography and digital art were a natural progression for me and I switched early. I have always been a first adopter for both hardware and software and that helps me pursue the digital art goals I have set.
Can you describe your studio/workspace?
I am fortunate to have a large studio at the bottom of my garden and even a veranda for those summer days. This will be my venue during the arts trail, so come and see it. I plan to give demonstrations of my digital art progress to which all are welcome (subject to a small step for access).
What keeps you going whilst you work – soundtrack? Snacks? A fluffy assistant?
I listen to my music on Spotify which can cater for every mood and helps greatly with the creative process.
What can we expect to see from you on this years’ art trail?
My latest work which I am just finishing is an eight foot trioptyc set of canvasses. This will need a serious wall space!