Mike Leale was born and bred in Guernsey and a while after leaving school he worked as a photographer on the local newspaper. He stayed at this job for two years before leaving to seek a new journey in London. Leale has done work for clients as diverse as Slazenger, Milk Marketing Board, and Goodyear and also shot many record sleeves for Pye Records, most notably for the Kinks and Sandie Shaw. As most of Leales work was still-life, food, jewellery etc., he found that his personal photography tended to follow the same patterns, i.e. what interests him most is composition and lighting. He likes shape and colour and the juxtaposition of random things, also abstract landscapes and the patterns that can be found in urban spaces, but most of all light. Leale states that there are no great meanings or messages in his work; simply, if it appeals then it gets its picture taken.
“A few years ago I developed a technique for making digital images without using a camera. Most of the still life’s, of fruit, flowers etc. were made by laying the subject matter directly onto the glass of a scanner. The resulting images are, because of the sharpness and definition and the quite flat lighting produced by the scanner, quite unlike anything actually photographed with a conventional camera, and in fact, would be impossible to produce using conventional methods.” Leale is now more or less retired from professional photography, but still enjoying doing work for himself which he exhibits regularly in Galleries in Hastings and elsewhere on the South Coast of England.
Art on Fashion® is honoured to be showcasing the works of Mike Leale.
Artist: Mike Leale