Faces of New York
An exhibition of photographs by Alan Clements
29 August – 14 October 2020
The Station, Richmond
10 am to 7 pm
About the photographer
I am a retired professor of computer science and now concentrate on the two passions in my life – travel and photography. In the last few years I’ve travelled to places like New York, Tokyo, Death Valley, Venice and Berlin; always taking my cameras with me.
Currently, my work focuses on three main subjects: events, architecture and landscape. I’ve regularly attended the Venice Carnival, the Leipzig Wave-
Faces of New York contains a selection of images that I’ve taken in New York, a city that I have visited every summer for a decade. Why am I so interested in New York?
Cities are like Martinis; they can be shaken or stirred. A “shaken” city has been thoroughly homogenized and is the same in any direction. Go around the corner and you see again what you’ve just seen. New York has been lightly stirred and its ingredients haven’t been reduced to a homogenous mass. Go around a corner in New York and you are in a different world.
New York is a city of differences. Architecture ranges from proud Victorian engineering masterpieces to sleek shiny skyscrapers that blend in with the sky. People vary from district to district; a long walk in New York can take you through many “villages”, each with its own culture, food, art and dress.
My small exhibition attempts to display some of New York’s diversity of people, culture and art.
1948 Born Warrington, Lancashire, UK
1977 Appointment as Lecturer at Teesside University, moves to Middlesbrough
2000 Sabbatical teaching at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA
2001 Purchases first digital camera
2007 Visiting professor in Havana, Cuba – makes three trips to Havana
2008 Retires from post of Professor of Computer Science at University of Teesside
2016 First major UK exhibition of photographs in Newton Aycliffe in the North East
2017 Exhibition in Frigiliana, Spain
2018 Exhibition in Venice
2019 Exhibition at the Asylum Gallery, Wolverhampton
Today Travels widely, buys more cameras, photographs everything
Modified 14 Dec 2020
Grandfather and son on the Staten Island Ferry