I am an artist who uses photography as an artistic tool.
In my artwork I explore what makes individual places recognizable, special and unique, whilst also adding my own interpretation to the landscapes. I also explore how different structures interact with each other.
I create my artwork by taking photographs and then combining them digitally. This method and my artistic style give the artwork their own individuality.
I consider myself to be an Outsider Artist. Outsider Artists view the world from a distinctive perspective because of disability or disadvantage.
My first solo exhibition took place in September 2016 at the Silverhill Studios, St Leonards-on-Sea as part of the Coastal Currents/Root 1066 Festival and PhotoHastings 2016.
My artwork Another Hastings 1 was exhibited in 2014-15 Tight Modern and won first prize in the 2014-15 Tight Modern Public Vote. Tight Modern is a national touring exhibition of Outsider Art.
I had a stroke when I was just a few months old and this disability is one of the reasons I am fascinated by visual language. My disability has also given me a strong determination to find different ways of expressing myself.
Joel Apps – K6 Photography