There are ambiguities in Chris Gunton’s photographic studies of the male nude. His work is well able to stand up for itself, touching on the darker side of our sexual selves. A powerful sense of theatre and dance is well handled by Chris Gunton, as naked men, in carefully staged poses use such props as a cross, barbed wire or the sensuality on net fabric to comment on desire, on pain and of the diverse nature of sexuality. Nakedness is presented, not as an expression of sexual desire, but as a stripping away of the trappings of convention in search of a more direct and ultimately more honest statements about the complexities and contradictions of the emotions.
Born in London, I am totally self taught as a Photographer and Artist. I started my career working in the Theatre, where eventually I learnt Theatre and Lighting Design. After leaving I continued to work free lance eventually getting more and more involved in photography. Most of my work is Theatre Photography, Portraiture and Nudes. My photos have been exhibited in galleries all over Europe including, The Rob Gallery (Amsterdam), The National Portrait Gallery (London) and The Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), as well as appearing in magazines and as postcards internationally and as far away as Australia and America.
I am now working with Digital Photography. This blog is an ongoing collection of images as I try to perfect the medium.