Gripvan only uses the best Photographic Assistants as drivers and crew and Jack Boniface is no exception. Jack had a busy year last year on various Gripvan adventures whilst continuing with his thought provoking, poignant yet playful, personal work.
The Artificial Sun was a project on Blackpool Illuminations with an accompanying exhibition at A Pop Up Gallery at The Old Rock Factory in Deansgate, Blackpool. Completion of the project was made possible through a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign that also gained him a wider network of support and admirers of his work.
Jack 'wanted to illustrate the beauty of each lamp and how each is a direct example of man’s struggle to control and manipulate his environment.' He did so by shooting uprooted illuminations in various generically familiar settings in the surrounding area at the disorientating hour of dusk.
Shooting on large format in sometimes unpredictable environments posed a few logistical and technical hurdles but with some sound advice from Gripvan's Andrew Howe, Jack was able to get the shots he had envisaged.
We really liked the results and have included a few of our favourites but you can take a look at the whole project for yourself here.
Jack will now be working closely with the Arts Council on a project to encourage participation in the arts in the Blackpool and Wyre areas so we wish them every success!