Philip Woolway, an independent and freelance contemporary photographer
with a philosophy to pursue and enjoy photography
as an art form.
“This doesn’t tell us anything about him at all”.
“Indeed. Very little about art or photographic qualifications and as far as I can see, not even a mention of his degree”.
“Exactly. So how am I supposed to know whether his work is any good?”
“Perhaps he wishes that you judge his work on its merits and not upon his education. After all, if his work does not engage you then he may well feel that he has failed”.
“I do believe he resides in Hampshire and that he studied photography from the days of film. He also became an early adopter of the digital medium because of its greater scope in offering freedom for experimentation. I also understand that he prefers to pursue his studies as projects”.
“Projects. What projects?”
“Quite a few actually, ‘Where can you buy’, was an unusual one on the subject of the sadly disappearing traditional junk shops and not to mention the very unnerving and disturbing study on Curiosity places. In fact quite ghastly all those skulls, skeletons and strange East European medical contraptions”
“Yes, and I told you not to mention it. He has carried out some rather intersting work on old Victorian forts both land as sea based, quite an insight as very few people have ever managed to gain such access.”
“Interesting! What else do you know?”
“Evidently his work has been viewed throughout the country in both open Art and Photographic exhibitions and he is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society “.
“Really, anything else.”
“His work has often appeared in print format and he is a feature writer for Antiques and Vintage Explorer Magazines”
“So what is he doing now?”
“Apparently still continuing existing projects as well as being actively engaged in a totally different style of project from previous ones. It seems he would prefer not to be pigeon holed”.
“You may well say that but he does remind me of someone else I saw at an exhibition recently; Philip somebody or other”
“Yes, that’s the him. Anyway who is this chap?”
“Not for me just at the moment. I think I would like to look again at these photos. Hmm, very interesting”.
“Do you think he takes his work seriously?”
Yes very much so.
I am not quite so sure.”
2014 January, Like a Teatray in the sky, Southsea - solo exhibition
2014 February, Marburae Gallery, Macclesfield – Group Exhibition
2014 October, Like a Teatray in the sky, Southsea – solo exhibition
2013 October, Kings Theatre, Southsea – solo exhibition
2013 November, The ArtPlace, Gosport – solo exhibition
2013 May, The Art House Cafe, Southampton
2013 May, Portsmouth Cafe Parisien – solo exhibition
2013 January – 2014, The Royal Photographic Biennial - UK Touring Exhibition
2012 October – November, The Uncanny, The Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk – open art
2012 September, English Heritage, Fort Brockhurst – solo exhibition
2012 July, Winner, “Bodies in Motion”, Lauderdale House, Highgate – open photographic
2012 July, Nominee for Still Life and Fine Art, USA, International Black & White Spider Awards
2012 March-April, Portsmouth Cafe Parisien – solo exhibition
2011 August, Ovenden Open, Cambridgeshire – open contemporary art
2011 August, Lauderdale House, Highgate – open photographic
2011 March, Le Cafe Parisien, Portsmouth – solo exhibition
2011 February, Royal West of England Academy – open photographic
2010 November, Royal West of England Academy – open art
2010 August, Lauderdale House, Highgate – open photographic
2010 March, Rhyl, North Wales – open photographic
2009 November, Royal West of England Academy – open art
2009 August, Lauderdale House, Highgate – open photographic
2009 May, The New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth – solo exhibition