IT IS an exciting and intriguing idea. What can be produced by a photographer who isn’t afraid to combine his skills and creativity with modern technology to generate abstract images?

See for yourself in Clive Rowe’s new exhibition, Alive To The Future which has opened at the North Light Gallery in Armitage Bridge.

Clive is an adventurous photographer whose spectacular abstract images are commanding and at times, otherworldly.

“From early on I wanted to portray the emotional element in an image,” he said.

“I preferred taking photographs of people to landscape.

“Later, I began using blurred rather than sharply focused images to convey the feeling behind the photograph.

“From here it was an easy step to embrace abstract images where, it seemed to me, the power of the shapes and colour would have an emotional impact.

“But producing pretty pictures is not the goal. It is only the honey trap. The aim is to take the viewer somewhere artistically new, exciting and challenging.”

Clive explains more about his thinking on his website, which is

“While I admire beautiful photographs and the technical skills that go into their production, I have long felt that in pursuing photography as an art form, a rethink is necessary.

“The quest for originality in conventional photography becomes evermore difficult to the extent that the energy of creativity is sapped.

“I think one should bear in mind that photography began in the mysterious world of the alchemist.

“The excitement of discovering images in the world of smoke and mirrors gave way in time to a world where ever increasing technical accuracy enabled the medium to become a major way of recording people and events.

“But I think we should step back from this and ask if there are some ideas, aesthetics and philosophies that are better expressed not through sharp images but through forms, shapes and colours which are more atmospheric and maybe more able to hold the viewers attention and to communicate with them.

“Of course there have been many distinguished forays into the direction of abstract images, starting with Schadographs and Rayographs in the 1920s and continuing to this day with photograms.

“But these days there are new opportunities with the computer. Allied to this is the huge advance in colour printing that enables the artist to celebrate the use of colour.

“With this in mind I have taken photos and then manipulated them in the computer.

“I see the two processes as one to create my abstract image.”

Clive has previously exhibited at The Agora Gallery in New York in 2011, as well as in the UK, and had his work featured in ARTisSpectrum Magazine in 2009.

His exhibition at Armitage Bridge runs until August 25 and the gallery is open Fridays and Saturdays 10am until 4pm.

There is a colour catalogue, produced by Clive, to accompany the exhibition.

For more details, go to the gallery’s website: