Paul Mutimear Photography
I have always been a creative person who is comfortable in the realms of both science and art but have followed a variety of paths towards an outlet. I feel that the two disciplines are usually too separate from one another. I particularly like blurring the boundaries between these fields which I think I started to achieve in my photography of moths in flight. These experiments quickly found an audience and made me take photography more seriously as an art form.
An early background in mechanical engineering veered into a career in rock music as a guitarist, songwriter and recording engineer that led me to relocate from London to New York City. Out of necessity, I developed a parallel career in the field of decorative painting and combined my scientific and artistic skills to design and install wall finishes for major New York architects and clientele. That led eventually to a career in color as Benjamin Moore’s senior colorist in New York City which I continue to pursue in tandem with photography.
Having mostly enjoyed the improvisational elements in music, the ability to improvise with a digital camera was inspiring as the quality and affordability of digital cameras converged. The freedom of unlimited shooting and instant feedback that this new medium provided was breathtaking and these photographs started to come quite quickly out of the desire to understand the fleeting trails I had observed as moths flew around a light.
The key to this series was the inclusion of time as an extra dimension that enables us to see the delicate symmetry of flight as if peering into another realm, and I named my first show “Solid Air” as reference to the iconic album of the same name by the late British guitarist/songwriter Jon Martyn, who was himself a great improviser and major influence.
Thrilled by the ever-increasing quality of pocket-sized cameras, I carry one at all times and simply shoot whatever is interesting to me, whether it be sunsets, lightening storms, dew on spider webs or New York street scenes.
I have had four solo shows to date in New York State and City and am represented by printmaker and publisher Oehme Graphics but produce my own archival digital prints on a 24” Epson printer.
I have recently made a major sale of moth images to the Capital One Bank Permanent Collection and completed an entirely new series of images featuring surreal water reflections entitled “Looking Down at the Sky” for a show in Rensselaerville, NY in October, 2013.