Artist Statement - John Simpson



“Cold hearted orb that rules the night,

Removes the colours from our sight.

Red is grey and yellow white,

But we decide which is right.

And which is an illusion.”

-- Days of Future Passed/The Moody Blues 

I’m a self-taught photographer who got my start at age seven with a Brownie Bullet, a Christmas gift from my parents. As I explored the medium over the years, I became fascinated by street photography and the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gary Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, Robert Frank, Bruce Gilden and others.

I carry a camera with me most of the time now. As much as I love the romance of film (which I still shoot), digital photography gives me a powerful tool with which to capture images I see on the street. I post-process in Light Room and Silver Effects Pro and print true black and white gelatin-silver prints.

For me, the best photographs are those that pull you into a scene and provoke an emotional response -- humor, sadness, excitement, joy, revulsion. The key is presenting viewers with subject matter they can relate to. I feel the best way to do that is in the black and white palette.

What initially drew me to black and white photography was the interplay of shadow and light, and the opportunity to focus on pure composition without the distraction of color. Black and white photographs are like reading a book: they allow you to fill in with your imagination.

I’m always looking for that “decisive moment.”

My work is for sale in various-sized gelatin-silver prints signed, dated and titled on the reverse, mounted or unmounted. Please contact me at for pricing.

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