"EVER SINCE THE VICTORIANS FIRST BEGAN TO ‘TRUTHFULLY’ RECORD ON FILM THE EXISTENCE OF FAIRIES, GHOSTS AND OTHER SUCH CREATURES OF THE SPIRIT WORLD, IT BECAME EVIDENT THAT THE CLAIM OF PHOTOGRAPHY AS A WINDOW ON THE REAL WORLD WAS TENUOUS TO SAY THE LEAST" – Anthony Gayton, photographer.
When Anthony Gayton published his Sinners & Saints retrospective book in 2005, it was a revolutionary vision for many. Anthony Gayton has created a signature style that is a true homage to the iconography of the male in the tradition of pictorial photography. A visit to his website is a journey through history. With one click Anthony brings you from Victorian England to more recent but still classic looking pin ups, from Da Vinci-like studies to romantic mythology scenes. It is clear that whatever Anhtony Gayton does, he does it with a deep conviction. As no other he has been able to combine text with photography, writing poetry in word and image.
Anthony Gayton was born in Devon, England, in the year 1968. He began studying photography in 1987, at the West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farham, and moved to London one year later, where he attended university. It was here where he was taught the veracity of photography. “Any form of image manipulation was looked upon with extreme disapproval, and the dizzy, superficial realms of fashion photography considered the ultimate sin”, Anthony remembers. Fortunately for us, Anthony Gayton considered this attitude not only scarily conformist but absurdly naive.
Determined Anthony decided to follow his own opinion on photography, trying to bring elements of surprise and contradiction in his work. He began to photograph unicorns, mermaids and centaurs. Anthony is an artist as no other, a visual storyteller, who already took us on a magical trip with his The Angelus series, published here on BeautifulMag in March 2007. This weekend we bring you another voyage into a poetic fantasy from Anthony Gayton, Falling Awake. –B-