A British still life photographer living in Sydney…
This is what LFI magazine said about a recent project of mine:
'Tinney works with professionalism and surrender, just like the 17th century masters of the Netherlands before him. A similar approach is also found in Robert Mapplethorpe's erotic pictures of orchids, or Nobuyoshi Araki's quasi-obscene stills.'
That's probably the nicest thing anyone has ever said about me. I do work with professionalism and I do find flowers erotic – also a reminder of fleeting life. That was my main impetus in capturing them.
I've been fortunate enough to have enjoyed working on many great collaborations in the names of art and commerce, but there's still so much more I'd like to do. I enjoy solving creative problems, from lighting to composition to portraying emotion in inanimate and animate things.
I am so aware of the changing times. I haven’t chosen the easiest industry to make my way in, given the changing technology and increasing accessibility of photography to all. But this is just one further creative challenge – how to keep image-making vibrant, high quality, and provide for the needs of the modern client without undermining it as an art. Challenging times, but also interesting ones. It requires flexibility and an open spirit.
My clients include – ARA, Casio, Certitude, Children In Crisis, Crows Nest, Daisy Jewellery, Dior, Fight For Peace, Gucci, Haagen Dazs, Hemmingford Grey, Jameson, Jeans West, Luta, Nike, Pretty Green, P&G, Revelation!, Rimmel, Stephen Webster, Taylor Morris & Ted Baker.
Away from my commercial work, I have been lucky enough to shoot for, & witness the tireless efforts of some amazing charities. I spent 2 years travelling from east London, to Rio's favelas, & the Bronx, photographing youth affected by gang violence for Fight For Peace. More recently my collaborative project, Secret Pencils (exhibits to date in London, Amsterdam & Tokyo), has formed a strong bond with the charity Children in Crisis, with whom I visited DR Congo in 2016. In 2018 I created images for two solo exhibitions with London based charity Certitude, who support adults with mental health needs & learning difficulties. This work (and more) will be viewable on my sister-site harleyjohn.com which is coming soon!
Publications include – Conde Nast Traveller, Fiera, Luel, The Financial Times’ How To Spend It, Granta, The Hunger, LFI Magazine, Leica S Mag, Metro & The Telegraph Magazine.
Secret Pencils – the book, was released by Laurence King Publishing at the end of 2017.
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