I first met John Brockliss at Leica Mayfair some months ago and, since then, I have followed his impressive photography. Earlier this year the Telegraph Review dedicated a half-page in colour to promote ‘Restless’, John’s Spring Exhibition held at 35 North Contemporary Fine Art in Brighton.
Since the exhibition ended and while new work has progressed, a further two images have been published by eminent publications: BBC Publishing and LFI Magazine (Leica Fotografie International), the famous high-quality photographic journal. Here are the three of John’s images but you can find a full portfolio of John’s work on his popular web site.
1. With a heart full of dreams
Traigh Mhor on the Isle of Barra (above) is a hauntingly beautiful white sand beach composed of countless millions of bleached cockle shells. In the seemingly endless twilight of the northern high summer low tide turns the lagoon into a magical stage set. Even stranger still is at low water this beach is the main runway for the island’s airport. Weather permitting two flights a day link Barra to Glasgow and the world beyond. Shot on Leica M (Typ 240) with Leica Elmarit-M 24mm f/2.8 ASPH lens.
2. Looking for Tony
For the past six years John has been documenting daily life in Brighton with particular emphasis on the diverse and rich creative life in this vibrant and open-minded city. Street art is of an exceptionally high standard in the city and whether you’ve it or loathe it, draws a powerful response from locals and visitors alike. The shot chosen by LFI magazine was selected from a series of John’s work dedicated to street art and graffiti. The building displaying this expertly crafted calligraphy is now demolished awaiting development – just the photograph remains as a record. Shot on Leica M9 with Leitz Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0 lens.
3. Let the hills rejoice
(Top illustration). Taken from his first book ‘Archipelago, a Hebridean journey’ John’s tranquil seascape at Luskentyre, South Harris was chosen by composer Malcolm Hayes and BBC Publications as the support image for the World Premiere of his Violin Concerto at this year’s BBC Proms season. Located in South Harris in the Outer Hebrides, Luskentyre is a seemingly endless expanse of pristine white coral sand surrounded by a mesmerising tidal lagoon. A site of tranquility and great beauty with room to think. Shot on Leica Monochrom (Series 1) with Leica Elmarit-M 24mm f/2.8 ASPH lens.
John would like to thank to all who visited and supported the Spring Exhibition and helped make it such a success. Also special thanks are due to gallery owners Sharon and John Whiting for generously promoting and hosting the show.