ABOUT THE WORK
IP McLaren was inspired to move into pictorial representation by photographers such as Edward Steichen, whose gum bichromate prints have a painterly ethereal quality. This technique, though very labour intensive, also renders images with unique tonal qualities, depth of colour and romantic softness.
IP McLaren shot fashion and portraits for over 20 years before turning his attention to Pictorialism and now combines contemporary and 19th century processes utilising a variety of cameras, which include Chinese plastic to large format. To render his images he uses a variety of modern and historical materials and techniques including film, paper negatives and digital negatives.