£95. Open Edition.
Paper size: 19 x 13 in (483 x 329 mm). Print size (approx): 17 x 10.5 in (430 x 265 mm).
Dimensions include border for easy framing.
Hand-printed and signed by David Travis.
260gsm smooth satin photo paper reminiscent of traditional resin coated papers used in darkrooms.
I saw Anthony Gormley's Angel of the North many times before photographing it. This wasn't because I was working out how to photograph it but simply because I was travelling north on the A1 to Newcastle where the top of this enormous statue is visible on the right-hand side of the road. It's a glorious sculpture so one day I made the detour to Gateshead to visit it.
Photographing the Angel isn't easy because it's so huge: 20 metres tall, with wings measuring 54 metres across. To capture the entire sculpture you have to go so far back that it loses its impact. A wide view also inevitably includes random people visiting the sculpture which does provide a sense of scale but detracts from the minimalist feel I was after on this visit.
The weather was unusually clear when I visited with direct evening sunlight casting shadows on the sculpture. I decided a black and white treatment would work best so I worked to emphasise its lines and curves. I photographed the Angel in several different ways and with various different compositions but this was the one that best captured my response to it.
Olympus OM-D EM-5 Mk 2 with 9mm lens. 1/100 sec, f/8, ISO 400.