A self-taught photographer, Jack Davison makes pictures like a painter paints, using intuition
and instinct to craft photographs that excavate the surreal and sensual from the fabric of daily
life. Relying heavily on chiaroscuro and the power of photography to obscure as well as reveal,
Davison’s unique, crafted approach to image-making oscillates from crisp, sharp details into
dissolving mirages – the world inverted and submerged. With their deep shadows and tight
framing, the images in Photographs have an unmistakably cinematic quality; each layered
image leaves a breadcrumb trail of associations that extend far beyond it’s initial context.
Despite Jack’s recent successes, he remains humble and all-encompassing in his photography,
and the book indistinguishably shifts from staged, meticulous editorial setups to simple
everyday occurrences, infused with mystery and depth.
Two recurring motifs in Davison’s work are the hand and the eye: here a clenched fist, there
caressing a face; here glaring out from a billboard and elsewhere shimmering in a reflection.
They represent a dynamic tension within Davison’s work, of seeing versus feeling, or the
threshold between perception and imagination. The delicate sequence in Photographs hovers
between these two states, creating a complex, soulful interpretation of the world through
Jack’s enigmatic portraits, landscapes and still life works.