Alfie’s “Ways of seeing” art exhibition

Alfie is a student at our Specialist College in Harrogate. He uses his skills in photography and film making to raise awareness of the challenges facing people with visual impairments and other disabilities. He is also a former ambassador for Scope for Change and continues his work to campaign for access and equality.

Alfie’s artwork shows how his visual impairment and other disabilities impact on the way he views his environment. He won a national award for his art in 2018 and exhibits his work at any opportunity he can – most recently as part of showcase of young artists in York.

This artwork is taken from his exhibition entitled “Ways of Seeing”.

“Ways of Seeing”.

“I’m Alfie. I am a photographer, film maker and campaigner for access for people with disabilities. It is difficult to tell people how I see and how my disabilities affect me.

I find it is easier to try and do this with films and photography.I like to edit the images I take to give a sense of my world.

I like to experiment by looking at different artists and learning how they created their art so I can use it to inform my photographs.

I enjoy experimenting with layers and colours, I like the way it make things look different so people have to think about what they are seeing.

I am influenced by abstract expressionists such as Andy Warhol and also enjoy the works of several sound artists.”

A photo of stairs and words created as a piece of art by Alfie Fox

Stairs  

This image came first in the digital art category with the theme “My World” and went on to win the overall GOLD award at the Unique Art Awards 2018, a national art competition for disabled children and young people.

It was created using a photo of a staircase, taken on a visit to Beningbrough Hall, and adding words which depict issues around accessibility.

Alfie said: “”Stairs” is about accessibility for people with disabilities when there is only stairs in a building. I have cerebral visual impairment which means that I can’t see the depth of the steps.”

Abstract image of someone ripping open their t shirt to reveal a host of butterflies

Aura

This is how I feel when I am having a seizure. I am ripping the shirt because I am anxious – it feels like butterflies in my stomach.

An abstract image of a rose

Pink Rose

Abstarct image of a rose coloured bright green

Green Rose

Image of swirling red and purple and black mist

Red Mist

Abstract skull image with disco ball in eye socket

Disco

All images copyrighted to Alfie Fox photography.

Abstract blue image inspired by Rothko

Blue Landscape - after Rothko

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