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William Neal

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William Neal is an artist based out in Wigtown, SW Scotland. For many years he’s painted landscapes of Galloway, but more recently he’s moved into creating large abstract artworks, full of light, texture and colour, but completely flat and smooth.

He was after some updated portraits and new images of his studio, so I was out there last week clicking away.

Part of his fascinating and varied background includes his association with prog-rock giants, Emerson Lake and Palmer, for whom he created the album covers for 'Tarkus' and 'Pictures at an Exhibition'

As we were coming towards the end of the session he mentioned an idea he’d had for a while about having a photo of him sitting outside at his easel, looking like a typical landscape artist, yet having one of his abstract works in front of him. That sounded like too much fun to miss, so we loaded bits and pieces into his car and went down to the harbour. We may have run well over time, but he did make me some rather nice sandwiches for lunch.

I have lot of fun taking photos, and I have just as much fun editing and playing with them in Photoshop. But the best aspect of this job is meeting people and finding out more about their lives, their passions and their world views.

Once again I've put up a gallery of some of the images from the session on my photography website. If you're interested, click here:
Kim Ayres photographs William Neal


The artist at work
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17 comments

savannah said...

what great photos! he has a most expressive face. xoxo

PI said...

I specially love the period feel to the one on the post but I enjoyed seeing the others.
Coincidentally I have just visited Parsnip http://twosquaredogs.blogspot.com/
and her latest Monsoon photo has me drooling. What do you think?

mapstew said...

Nice work again.

That's one angry lookin' moggie!

Eryl Shields said...

It does sound like you are having fun with this new project. William Neal sounds cool.

Fat Lazy Guy said...

Great photos. My favourite is this one.

Charlie said...

I have to agree with FLG on a favorite.

And I'm thinking that your mid-life crisis is just about over.

Kim Ayres said...

Savannah - he was a nice guy to work with :)

Pat - I'll pop over and take a look when I get a mo :)

Mapstew - thank you :)

Eryl - I think setting up the photography business is one of the best things I could have done (I may yet change my mind if I don't get any more customers though...)

FLG - it's good to get feedback on what people like! Thanks :)

Charlie - you think? I'll have to ponder on that one a wee while...

starrlife said...

You make beautiful pictures Kim! he seems like an interesting guy!

Kim Ayres said...

Thank you Starrlife :)

Sarah said...

i love this shot Kim.

Kim Ayres said...

Thanks Sarah :)

Jimmy Bastard said...

I can feel the heat fae your large warm smile my friend. It suits you well.

As for the photie?

Genius. You sir.. are the artist.

Sandy said...

I bought two prints from William Neal back in about 1989ish when he had a shop Kirkcudbright (actually by the time I had them framed in the local shop, I could have bought one of his originals (then - I suspect not now)). He's an excellent artist, long may he paint (and need photographed).
Well done both
Sandy

Kim Ayres said...

Jimmy - your kind words make me blush and giggle like a schoolgirl. In a manly way, or course.

Sandy - thank you :)

hope said...

My favorite is the profile, in hat.
Makes me wonder what that artistic eye is contemplating.

You do nice work, Sir!

Kim Ayres said...

Thank you Hope :)

nursemyra said...

they're all great shots, I especially like the one that illustrates this post

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