In the Balance


Brief story about the image

If you are viewing the images in chronological order, I can only describe this image as being the true starting point to my "lips" era. Out of the next 24 images, only 3 do not have any lips in them. As mentioned in the story about Lip Service, I discovered that for me, lips were the most representational part of the anatomy for the human condition. The actual structure came about from - you guessed it - doodling. Having made the tripod structure and the "cross bar", I took two of my ready made mouths, one much bigger than the other and just decided to see if I could make them balance each other.

It was at this point, that I began to get an idea of how and what the image might turn out to be. Sometimes, as you will see in other work, there is a crucial point where the image starts to dictate its own outcome - even a title - should it need one. This piece was now heading towards a conclusion - and I thought it would probably be called "Balanced Argument". I liked the title, and it seemed to signify how a small voice can equal and balance out a larger one: all I now needed to do was to get the thing to physically balance. In fact it was easy to get it to be in balance but I wanted it be "on the level". It meant melting and adding glass globules at one attempt, then melting and stretching the glass a little more for the next and so on for some time. Eventually, the structure came to equilibrium as you see it.

Having then photographed it and taken a print, I studied what I still thought would be titled "Balanced Argument". Only then did I see it as something representative of much more than just an "argument". The image suddenly represented a much more universal balancing act. It seemed that at that moment, I was looking at a visual metaphor for everything and anything that keeps this whole world in equilibrium or - In the Balance.

Availability of image

In the Balance is available signed/unframed in three sizes of hand-printed/hand-tinted black and white photographic print. It is individually mounted (matted) in either black or white. The mount is a quality artcard but flexible enough to be rolled for despatch. You will be able to put the work straight into a frame of the same size, or should you wish to, put a thicker conventional mount around the image area.The first dimensions are the photograph followed by the overall dimensions of the mount.


Photo-size 1 ....250mm x 200mm (10" x 8") into 500mm x 400mm (20" x16" approx).

Photo-size 2.....400mm x 300mm (16" x 12") into 600mm x 500mm (24" x 20" approx).

Photo-size 3.....500mm x 400mm (20" x 16") into 800mm x 600mm (31.5" x 23.5" approx).

Photo-size 4 ....You can specify a bespoke size of print or style of mount.

Prices on application - dependent on size, specification and presentation.


For those interested in photography

  1. The work was shot on my trusty old "Kodak of London" (circa 1920's) SPECIALIST 3 MODEL, using 5" x 4" format.
  2. The lens used was an old "Wray" f203mm.
  3. The film was Kodak Plus-X Pan Professional film 4147
  4. Aperture set at f32, exposure time 8 secs.
  5. The finished photographic prints are hand printed b/w and tinted with "Photocolor" photo dyes.