About the Book
Over the years James Blake has been to quite a few places and as a result has seen quite a few things. In more recent years he has also photographed alot of things. James seems to have an interest in pretty much everything he sees. But the most outstanding things he has seen have been Figurative Sculptures; the physicalisation of people in stone (and metal) is to James something fascinating and phenomenal. It seems to him to be expressing something totally fundamental to who we are as people, in that it is an attempt to immortalise ourselves forever, to say ‘I lived’. Figurative Sculpture itself is one of, if not the, oldest artforms man has ever created, dating back at least 40,000 years, if not more. So it is, and always has been, the closest we get to ourselves in art. And being made of stone (or metal) it has the possibility of lasting forever. The other obvious thing James sees everywhere he goes is people. And as a result of not being a trained photographer James has ended teaching himself to photograph people in a way that is heavily influenced by the Figurative Sculpture that he sees; so much so that he has actually ended up ‘sculpturising’ the people he photographs. As a result James has ended up trying to immortalise people, with a camera, as if he was a sculptor. This book contains some of the inspirational photographs of Figurative Scultpure that James has seen on his travels, plus a few of the Figurative Graffiti and Figurative Stained Glass works James has also seen and been inspired by and a number of photographs of actual, real life, living people, James has attempted to ‘Sculpturise’. The crystalisation of this concept came about after 2011 and a visit to Marseille in France, and was amplified further after seeing the sculpture ‘Tommy‘ in Seaham, England in 2015.