FOUR THEMES FOR GRY'S PHOTOGRAPHY
Not so much vivid dreams as those dreamers who dream them. A loose collective of images with rich, vivid colour schemes and a fluid feel throughout. Many of these images have recently been scanned, and originate from a period where Gry did a lot of 4-minute exposures with torch lighting, literally painting with light. Back then, Gry worked a lot with (then) milliner Jo Gordon – hence, an abundance of hats in this gallery. In-between there are landscapes and dreamy atmospheres, as well as the faded, oxidized 5 x 4 Polaroids of the models. Most of these shots have hardly been retouched. They were conceived as you see them here, with only a little tidying up and colour enhancement.
Using London's many derelict locations in the 1990s a few of these newly scanned images should strictly have featured hard-hats. But instead we have feathered hats and big hair. As well as these images from London, there's also new and old work from New York, Cadiz (Spain) and Cambridge! This is a slightly edgier gallery than the above, with a bit more crunch and grit. Gry also enjoys the chaotic aspects of the city, with various layers and levels, reflections, movement and sparkling lights.
Nearly – because in these images there is always an element of human design imposing itself on Nature. The subjects may be quite organic, but never quite wild. There are panned images with movement, amongst images of sun, sea skies, beauties and characters. Gry has always enjoyed shooting on location, making use of natural light as well as some added sources.
It's quite fitting that this page is a work in progress. Not quite under construction, but definitely a bit thin. One of Gry's favourite things is montage, but montage demands a lot of time and there aren't many spare moments. We'll leave it to develop over time, and you might see some new and surprising directions here. Also – do keep an eye on the Fresh Pickings page, where more new work will keep emerging.