Words by Kerr McIlwraith
Kerr McIlwraith recently sat down with long time friend and fellow artist, Joseph Ironmonger.
Following his recent trip to New York, Joseph shares his latest photographic series. A surreal collection of imagery that seems to capture New York's rarely seen tranquility.
With subtle musical and literary references throughout (Rockaway Beach, M Train, Allen Ginsberg) Joseph Ironmonger’s work encapsulates the initial romanticism and emotion felt by a first-time visitor of The Big Apple.
Shot in his signature evocative style the images capture a timeless environment and atmosphere. Ironmonger's range of vehicle photos look as though they were extracted directly from a Kerouac novel.
If I’m there, so is the photo.
In particular the image of a subway train crossing the Queenborough bridge feels entirely nostalgic. In Ironmonger's own words, "It was the ultimate coming together of the trip for me. In that moment the city became everything I wanted it to be."
Ironmonger's informal portraiture of friend - and Vivienne Westwood model - Leto Chen riding the M Train showcases his ability to capture soft lighting; he explains that the images implicitly reference photographer Bens Toms, as well as Bruce Weber.
Part of his originality stems from his ability to completely engage with a situation, "I immerse myself in the situation and environment - this comes from a fear of missing the moment as a result of being too distracted with the future."
View more of Ironmonger's photography online.