Richard Hartnoll

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Biography

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I was born in Bristol, England in 1947. In 1995, after spells in Barcelona and Strasbourg, I moved to Lisbon where I am now based. I have been working exclusively as a photographer since 2003, though photography has been a passion since childhood.

My work covers fine art photography, architecture, landscape and nature photography, street photography and theatre, as well as portraits, social events and commercial assignments.

In my work, I strive to combine high technical quality with creative image making. Deliberately, my photographs often appear more like paintings or abstract patterns than photographs, more intense and more starkly structured than ‘reality’ would suggest. When processing and printing the image, I aim to recreate and communicate my perceptions of what I see, along with the feelings that are invoked. In many cases the aspects that catch the eye lie in the details – a shadow, a reflection, a line, a strong colour - rather than in sweeping panoramas. In this way I seek to focus on the essence of what I see rather than overwhelm the viewer by trying to include everything.

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