Ian Phillips McLaren is a British artist; his practice combines contemporary and 19th century photographic techniques, audio and sculpture. Process is key to understanding both his work and the transformation that it has undergone. “The distance between professional photographer and artist was not a space that I expected to traverse. Yet here I am”.
By combining traditional 5″x4″ analogue paper negatives of my self with hybrid digital negatives of ancient Roman portraits and fragments, I’m re-imagining the historical self-portrait, in a similar vein to how the Romans re-imagined (Hellenistic) Greek art for their own purposes.
“I take inspiration from Edward Steichen for transforming photography into an art form. I admire contemporary photographers Sally Mann and The Starn Twins for their embracing of happy accidents in the making and Samuel Beckett for his linguistic experimentation and Alan Bennett for his talking heads“.