Artists Statement

IP McLaren shot fashion and portraits for over 20 years before turning his attention to Pictorialism. Ian creates images that have a quiet edginess and intensity clothed in a painterly feel, inviting the viewer to slow down and take in the view.

Although Ian embraced Digital and indeed some of his techniques incorporate it, he prefers to use film and tactile processes that requires a more disciplined, considered approach. By investing the extra time handcrafting his prints in Albumen, Gum Bichromate and Silver Gelatin, each image grows organically. No two prints that Ian makes will ever be identical, accidents create a new personal aesthetic and are celebrated.

After an early childhood in Glasgow, McLaren moved to the Scottish countryside where he spent his teenage years hanging out in forests with friends but never fully feeling at ease in his surrounds which often felt mysterious, foreboding and dark. Now living in the countryside of East England, he often shoots in the forests and mists and his work reflects his earlier life, facing his fears.

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