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ChristopherJohnBall

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Christopher John Ball BA (Hons) MA is a widely exhibited and published, London based, fine arts photographer, playwright, filmmaker, lecturer and campaigner. With over 35 years... more
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Christopher John Ball BA (Hons) MA is a widely exhibited and published, London based, fine arts photographer, playwright, filmmaker, lecturer and campaigner. With over 35 years experience as a photographer - his work is in public and private collections worldwide. Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery hold a large selection, of his documentary work, in their permanent collection.

He has contributed articles on photography for various publications and has acted as an external moderator for several photographic courses in London. His images have been showcased in Italian, German, Spanish, Hong Kong SAR, British and mainland Chinese publications. He has also been interviewed, and filmed at work, for Television programmes that have been transmitted in Europe, the USA and Great Britain.

Christopher was selected as a juror for both the 2008/09 'Erotic Signature' annual international arts competition and the 'Erotic Review Photographer of the Year Prize 2009.' In 2011 Chris sat on the international Jury for the 2011 '12 inches of Sin' competition and juried exhibition sponsored by the Sin City Gallery, Las Vegas and organised by Dr Laura Henkel. The 2012 '12 inches of Sin' juried exhibition saw Chris sitting on the selection committee of what is fast becoming a prestigious annual diary entry for artists. He was again asked to sit on the selection committee for the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 '12 Inches of Sin' competitions.

Drawing inspiration from philosophy, film, music and disability politics; Chris believes that how we see ourselves, alongside our objectification by the camera, society and the state, takes the form of an existential challenge and his work is an exploration of this rationale. Whilst his work covers both social documentary and fine art, his methodology is consistent throughout. His images explore and play with the 'sense of distance', 'lack of access', the 'mundane banality of modern life'. The themes of a 'sense of distance' and 'lack of access' have become increasingly important to Christopher as his disability deteriorates. The reaction of 'others' to a visible impairment can often be hostile leaving one feeling an 'outsider' 'looking in' 'abject' and 'kept out'.

Chris creates images on both film and digital cameras and often uses non-conventional photographic equipment - such as pin-hole, Holga, Diana, home-made, adapted and vintage cameras - and alternative photographic processes, such as the Cyanotype, to create a specific aesthetic.

"...sensual nudes that pay homage to the female form in a manner that is both graceful and elegant. Very rarely do we come across a portfolio that strikes us so deeply..." - The New Nude Magazine

Chris is co-writing and co-directing two motion pictures. 'The House Rules' explores disability politics through the genre of the English ghost story - imagine an M. R. James ghost story filmed by Ken Loach. Whereas the second feature 'A Walking Shadow', now half completed and taking in locations such as London, Blackburn, Goole, Scarborough and Flamborough Head, is set ten minutes into the future, in a world facing a crisis, and explores the impact upon one individual who undertakes a desperate course of action.

In addition to his teaching and photographic work; Chris also works in film and theatre. ''Throwing Stones'' was co-written by Christopher John Ball and Dean Sipling. 'Throwing Stones' was published in October 2013 in an updated version and is available through Amazon.

“Mid-life male photographer meets young, nubile female student-cum-artistic muse - so far its old hat. But photographer turned playwright Christopher John Ball and co-writer Dean Sipling, whose background is film and television, bring the pairing into a thoroughly contemporary world of intercepted emails, sinister insinuation and sharp retorts. Their ‘guilty until proved innocent’ plot ... is thoroughly watchable and believable - perhaps as a result of Ball’s professional insights and DS Dom Lucas’ services as police advisor to the production.” - Barbara Lewis – The Stage

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  • Fantastic portfolio! Great to see. Welcome aboard. Let us know if we can help with anything.

    • many thanks for the warm welcome. I look forward to becoming an engaged member of the Model Society.