Fenton Bailey’s photography has a deeply personal tone, with his main subjects being his girl friends or as he likes to call them his muses. Every part of Fentons process has his personal touch, he hand prints all of his black and white works and always produces a Artist Print and Publishers’ Print of every shot. He never aimed to be an artist instead just taking photos for the “fun of it”. His love for the craft began with photographing his friends and people he met on his teenage nights out. He works late into the evening always finding new ways to improve and perfect his artist process. Fenton has always worked with his brother Sascha who curates his exhibitions, Fenton says “working with family is crazy, wild, frustrating and tiring but overall incredibly rewarding”.
Fenton worked extensively in Tokyo between 2011 and 2012. While In Tokyo, he found himself cycling round the sprawling metropolis for hours capturing the raw essence and beating heart of Japan. In the summer of 2012 he travelled to Venice to capture Japanese actor Hidetoshi Nishijima as he trekked round the city. A book called ‘Memories of Venice’ with Fenton’s Work sold over 15,000 copies. After some time however Fenton had to return to England, soon after starting to exhibit the photographs he had captured on his adventures.
After the success of his 2013 debut show “Human Relations” held at the Imitate Modern, Fenton has been working hard assisting his father, while with any spare time he has shooting mostly with his muse. In this series of works Fenton exposes his ability to objectify his subject with the human form changed into abstract shapes of beauty. Hand printing is at the epicentre of Fenton’s work, giving a more personal and unique touch in every print.
“I’ve always liked working with my hands, I didn’t get into photography to work in an office. I do use computers but it kind of takes the fun out of it for me.”
Fenton left school after GCSE`s thinking that he would be better off making money rather than wasting time he says
“School was never really for me, I found it hard to learn anything from a teacher who couldn’t see outside the box. I only had two teachers who could do just that, an art and a physics teacher”.