Brief story about the image

The preamble as to how the glasswork for this image and also A Reluctant Vocation was constructed, is much the same as for In the Balance. In these two images however, (this being the first of the two) I began making what looked like small bones from the glass - albeit very crude ones.

Again, in the case of this image, once I had the freestanding structure complete, I began to feel that I had something that was reaching a conclusion. Once the mouth was attached, (which had a sort of agonised look about it) I knew it was. I photographed it, printed it and tinted in the lips. But, although it seemed to be shouting out from the still wasn't "saying" anything to me. So as a sort of temporary working title, I mentally refered to it as Incommunicado - for that very reason - but thinking it would have a "proper" title later.

I can say now - some 14 years and a few more frustrating experiences of being misunderstood later - I couldn't give this work a better title if I tried.

Availability of image

Incommunicado 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.