Ian Chapman is a photographer and former sub-editor for the Financial Times. He is drawn to arrangements of abstract features within landscapes and buildings and in recent years has moved away from darkroom processes to embrace digital technology.
Each of his remarkable images was shot on an iPhone on location at Elisabeth Frink’s storage and were processed using Snapseed, a mobile phone app, and then further refined in the studio using Adobe Lightroom software. They are all printed on matt, 100 per cent cotton rag paper made in Germany. Archival quality pigment inks were used to give longevity in excess of 100 years.
He says: “From 2017 to 2019 I helped my wife Annette Ratuszniak, curator of the Elisabeth Frink Estate and Archive, record the contents of Frink’s former home at Woolland. Stored in a warehouse a few years after the sculptor’s death, much of it had remained untouched. Among the mountain of material, we uncovered more than 80 of her original plasters. As they re-emerged from the confusion and dust I started to photograph these fragile plaster sculptures destined to be cast in bronze.”