It became clear that seeing and taking a photograph is only the beginning: adding texture, dropping in and removing elements, applying filters and changing effects to modify images all contribute to the picture making process for Roy. In the image above (thanks to Susi Luard for this) Roy is standing alongside one of his images which demonstrates his style well. He unravelled the stages of this picture’s creation for us: the background is a field near Mersea, the dress was a fashion item pinned up somewhere, there were two models he tried, before fitting the headdress, which he had extracted from a photograph of a sculpture, onto the face of one model, using hands taken from a picture of his wife holding the flowers. Then he used a filter to add the reflective water, a layer of texture and added an overall colour effect.
Not all his images were such extreme composites - there were ‘straight’ images too, and portraits with back stories showing Roy’s sensitivity and his ability to engage with complete strangers. His panel for the PAGB master’s award contained examples of all these different approaches, showing just how imaginative and creative photography can be. Do look at Roy’s website: www.shuttershot.co.uk/