ABOUT SANDY McLEA
McLea’s childhood saw him traveling across an array of landscapes that eventually piqued his interest in visual imagery. Armed with an SLR camera, he began exploring the medium of photography, which led him to study at the National College of Photography. His world view has inspired him to push the boundaries of creativity in interpreting and representing “what the lens sees”. At 30 years of age, he has developed a unique visual style that defines his imagery and gives his photography widespread appeal. He is based in Cape Town, South Africa.
" I am a fine art photographer with an alternative take towards the photographic medium. My work covers a variety of subject matter including landscapes, urban and street photography, yet what links my work and gives it a unique style is the way I interpret the visual world. My interpretation, from the photographic capturing to the final production, stretches beyond a single view or a frozen moment in time that is typical to the photographic medium. I see the subjects of my work as narratives whether the narrative is historical or topical or simply focused on analyzing structural beauty. My objective in the execution of my work is to extend beyond a single moment and dimension drawing the viewer into an altered perception of the subject matter and using the perception of photography as truth to cement the reconstructed subject as a reality. I feel strongly influenced by David Hockney and this influence could not have come too soon. It has bought motivation and freedom to the way I work. My style has evolved since my early works and I have searched and explored ways to extend my visual understanding."