This project began in late February 2020, just before the first lockdown in the UK.  

The first image was exhibited at the 2020 virtual master degree show, at the Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen. Where I was an MA student during the 2019/2020 academic year.  

Whilst making this series I had become rather obsessed with the Dusseldorf school of photography or Kunstakademie, as it’s also known.  I studied extensively, the works of several of the famous names associated with that school, notably Candida Hoffer, Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struthe.  

These people are famed for their tableaux sized photographs made using large format film cameras, ranging anywhere between 5x7 and 8x10. 


These images of mine however were made using a very basic DSLR camera, then reconstructed in Photoshop using various techniques- with the idea being to emulate and channel the feeling of the large-scale compositions associated with the aforementioned artists. I would at times also combine multiple exposures of the same scene to create one final image. The best example of this would be the ‘River Dee’ piece, which was made by combining 15 different photographs. The result being an extended representation of time through a still image.  

I used the Masters as a way to depart from the 'specific' photography that i seemed to be stuck producing. 

In the end I think it's about finding or creating intriguing situations in order to create intriguing images.

This is a way of life for me. I'm either thinking about it or i'm out there, doing it. 

Denis Gallen. In response to Andreas Gursky.  Reflexive art. Fine Art Photography.
River Dee Aberdeen, Scotland

Mother In Field

Co Tyrone. Ireland 

Drone Man.jpg

Midstocket Park Aberdeen


St Fitticks Road, Aberdeen

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