This image was created while I was walking through Matlock Green park, Derbyshire, in late 2014. I always carry my Lumix compact camera with me, but I didn’t expect to be taking any photographs that day. Throughout the years I have been involved in photography, certain themes and threads have emerged – some subconsciously. In this case, I recognised the equivalent of my emotional response to a Marc Chagall painting, hence I call this Homage To Marc Chagall.
Birds – particularly deceased ones – feature a lot in my work. A Little Death At McDonald’s, for example, is of a bird who smashed into a window at a burger place I was eating at in Almeria, Spain, and fell at my feet. I caught its last moments. And Lost, where a bird sits posed on a poster for the TV series. There’s also Despair, which I took in Paris of a statue of a man deep in thought and there is a bird sat on its head. That particular one is currently on display at Royal Derby Hospital, and can be seen at the Air arts exhibition at Royal Derby Hospital’s Acute Ward until the end of April 2016. The exhibition is raising money for the NHS.
This is the reaction I got when posting online from professor of photography, Paul Hill, “Just thought I would share what I think is a great photograph by former student Tony Fisher taken in Matlock, Derbyshire. He called it Homage to Marc Chagall. No it isn't, it is the result of your own talent as a photographer. The world is full of wonder if you can 'see'...”
I started my photographic journey in 1973 while I was at school, then I went to Art College in Derby, and then at Trent Polytechnic where the three-year photography course still remains today. Apart from my art photographs, I love doing concert photography. This isn’t a job, a career, or a hobby, it is simply a passion. The Arts Council England’s support over the past eighteen months has enabled me to reach more people and then expand my learning and vision.
I am currently working on a long-term project – a personal road movie in still images and words on Yorkshire for a proposed book and exhibition in 2018. My ambition is to exhibit in other countries, and especially to photograph in Spain again.
Dissimilar Reflections, an exhibition of photographs by Tony Fisher and Mark Taylor, Institute of Mental Health, Triumph Road, Radford, NG7 2TU, runs until the end of March 2016.