Arch Mcleish is a Photographer and Art Director from London currently based in NYC. He works with brands and museums in the cultural sector, resulting in a diverse portfolio of graphic, 3d and motion but with photography and image-making the anchor. His work is somewhere between documenting 'real world' and something altogether more dreamlike, even if very familiar
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I am interested in presenting the human world as it is, using photography to capture what is there and time and composition to push it into other new realms. Scenes may be empty, often desolate, but are never far from lived in and loved.
I look to compose a shot, so it stands grounded in reality and the familiar, but then partly dreamlike and disconnected. The images are not intentionally devoid of people or practicalities, but I shy away from totally utilitarian scenes - preferring a sense of ambiguity as to where the photograph is located and how space or an object is being used.
Context is irrelevant, the scenes or objects are standalone images - they are not meant to be read in a series or with a broader political view - they are about the world we live in, flawed/ broken but always optimistic, and the landscapes and scenes that are ever-present but unnoticed.
I’m never totally sure whether to describe my photography as Landscape or Architectural. To me, it feels most in line with documentary, and a significant influence on me is archival photography. I never really intervene with a place, sometimes I’ll draw a smiley on a dirty windshield or angle a road sign, but mostly everything is as I encounter it.