‘Power to the People’
Presented by John Tilsley, 12th February 2024

John's presentation, was a captivating journey through the art of the visual narrative. And a presentation he stepped into at very short notice with typical enthusiasm.
Through his lens, John masterfully captures the essence of storytelling, often embodying Henri Cartier-Bresson's concept of the "decisive moment." Each photograph serves as a window into a world frozen in time, where fleeting emotions and gestures are immortalised. John’s ability to seize these moments demonstrates a deep understanding of the power of timing in photography, inviting viewers to engage deeply with each image as he himself does when creating the images.

What sets John’s work apart is his self-deprecation, evident in his willingness to embrace imperfections and vulnerabilities within his compositions. Rather than striving for flawlessness, he celebrates the authenticity of his subjects and the beauty found in life's unscripted moments. This authenticity, coupled with John’s meticulous attention to detail, allows his photographs to resonate on a visceral level, drawing viewers into the narrative with every frame.

Moreover, John’s deliberate use of colour adds depth and richness to his storytelling. John does use colour when setting the tone of each narrative. By carefully balancing light and colour, John creates images that are not only visually striking but also emotionally resonant. Conversely he is particularly proficient in the use of monochrome and where the situation so demands, reinforcing the message within the image.

In "Power to the People," John demonstrates a keen eye for composition, skilfully avoiding distractions that might detract from the narrative. Every element within the frame serves a purpose, guiding the viewer's gaze and enhancing the overall storytelling experience. Through his lens, John doesn't just capture moments; he paints stories, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the tapestry of human experience captured within each photograph, holding the viewer’s eye.

- Chris Stoot