Chris Rhodes (b.1986) is a fine art photographer from Macclesfield and living in London. He studied photography at The Manchester School of Art and graduated in 2011. Chris has assisted various renowned fashion photographers, but his personal practice focuses on a more documentary process. In 2014 he was the recipient of the Renaissance Prize for Best Single Image and won the Espy Award the same year. His work has been featured in various exhibitions across the UK. His practice reflects on our daily landscape and its trivial qualities as he travels from Memphis to Tokyo, via Europe and South America, photographing instinctively and extensively. He is a regular contributor to Dazed & Confused and AnOther Magazine.
‘Trophies’ draws its focus on people and the ‘self-made landscapes’ they create. Although the human presence within a conventional portrait sense is non-existent, a figurative representation is systematically suggested through objects and colours.
Making obvious and extreme what otherwise goes unnoticed; ‘Trophies’ unfolds as a ‘cabinet of curiosity’ instinctively collected across eight countries, from Europe to South America. Allowing for anthropological observation, the subtle differences and similarity between these countries are questioned.
Stereotypes are undoubtedly challenged within depiction of these daily ornaments. With nostalgia these iconic references define the faded glamour of a trivial aesthetic.
To view more of Chris’ work, please visit his website.