Welcome to “Peter Hook Photography”. I am a visual artist working towards my personal vision that lies largely within what is commonly described as “Fine Art Photography".
I have enjoyed exploring photography for at least the last 40+ years. For almost the first 30 of these years, I would have described photography as my way of recording and displaying the world around me. It turns out that, unconsciously, I followed the words of Elliott Erwitt, “The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”
During the last 10 years or so ago, my work has increasingly been influenced and often challenged by the work of many photographers.
Some of the most important influences on my work are illustrated by quotes from people such as:
Ansel Adams - “The so-called rules of photographic composition are, in my opinion, invalid, irrelevant, immaterial.”
Herman Melville - “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
Henry David Thoreau - “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
Garry Winogrand - “Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts.”
Don McCullin – “Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
Cole Thompson - “Great images are rarely about sharpness or technical perfection. They are about vision, creativity, feeling and soul.”
As you look at the images across my site, you will see that my work covers a wide range of subjects and a common theme in my work (especially in street photography) is that I mainly concentrate on detailed parts of a frame rather than the wider context that I find my subject in.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions about my work.