Artist statement

Charles is a photographer, a physician and a quasi-writer. He was born in a place very close to where he grew up, went to university very close to where he now lives, which is fairly close to where he grew up (it’s all in the republic of Gozo, natch). He’s been taking pictures for just a few years now, 4 really. He really does not care what he makes pictures with, as long as he gets to make pictures. He likes making pictures. With a Canon.

Charles’ won a couple of hundred awards (really). Almost none were for his photography (not really). He’s won awards in the US, France, the UK, and several others with equally brobdingnagian names. He’s had several magazine articles written about him and his work, several covers and other narcissistic endeavours. His clients include world renowned MOMIX, Cirque du Soleil, and several national dance companies, and several others who will be world-renowned. He has had numerous gallery shows of his work, and while less than a hundred, certainly more than he can count on all of his fingers and toes (of which he has, shock and awe, 20).

His wardrobe of black and/or white clothing is extensive, and he has actually come to prefer Barolo with his fillet mignon. A well cooked fillet of beef will distract him considerably. He does not like opera. He does however, like contemporary dance, flamenco and jazz. Charles’ had a beef fillet in a lot of countries all around the world. He flew to almost all of them. In a plane. Whenever he landed, he usually took a lot of pictures. When he flies back home (also in a plane), there’s a nice big studio to hold all his Canons, all the pictures he has made, and on a good day, something new and amazing to make pictures of, almost always dancers. He likes making pictures.

Sometimes, though rarely, Charles will write something in the third (or is first?) person. It makes him feel a little like Jane Austen but not so prissy. But he never uses the Royal “We”. That would just be too high brow. He has, on occasion, used the French “Oui”. Because, of course, you cannot say no to everything. Unless you can flaunt a Canon.

Frankly, if there is any more you really want to know about Charles, just look at the images. It is all there.


Bio

Physician, writer and internationally multi-awarded black & white fine art photographer, embracing the new field of (en)Visionography, with high distinctions in the most important photography competitions worldwide (IPA, PX3, Monochrome Awards, Stark Awards), Charles is currently based in Malta and is renowned for his black & white signature work in architecture, fine art long exposures and anatomical dance, which all showcase his distinctive style and express his artistic sensibility.

In his energetic and boisterous pictures, Charles Azzopardi captures not just the lissom and lithe forms of dancers performing their art, but the clarity and elation of movement itself. Without ruses or manipulation of any kind, he catches fleeting and impossible moments in a style that is both musical and visually vivid. Beginning his career in 2012, Azzopardi has covered the rising tide of contemporary dance, and has created signature images for countless contemporary dance companies as well as commercial clients.  Published internationally in numerous books and magazines, Charles’ photographic work can also be seen online in the most important photography galleries and his works adorn private and public galleries, as well as having been exhibited locally in Malta as well as internationally. To book one of Charles’ workshops or mentoring programs, or to work with him on commissioned architectural or performing arts projects, please visit Workshops & Services for details. He frequently gives lectures covering dance, architecture, long exposures and fine art and offers workshops. He frequently gives lectures covering dance, architecture & long exposures fine art and offers team or one-on-one workshops.

We see the world through a specific & unique perspective with our own eyes, mind and personal experiences through life moulding our insight. Even if you gaze at the same object as the artist does, you will never see the same concept, vision or idea. An artist must succeed in isolating his or her unique view of the world and express it in a way that can be recognized by the viewer but imbue it with presence and continuity with the artist’s innate vision. The artist is trying to express his inner world by using ob­jects from the outside world as a canvas on which he paints with light and tones, moving away from objective reality towards his artistic reality, what he envisioned deep within his mind. This is achieved by incorporating techniques such as black and white conversion, as well as long exposure to control time and capture what the eye cannot see, ethereal, ephemeral persons or anatomically chiselled dancers caught mid-air. The ultimate control for the artist is by creating presence in an image by altering tones of lights according to the mood he wants to exude, anticipating and proceeding to fulfil the vision through which the artist wants the viewer to perceive the subject.

Light and shadows, but especially shadows and dark tones have always in­trigued the artist – they define forms, depth, create mystery and encompassing silence. The interplay of light, control of time and vision creates a holistic thread – Time, is the Commander of All. And by controlling time, the artist dictates his vision and shares timelessly, in full control of what he perceives and what he wishes his audience to perceive, moving them, evoking timeless feelings, and the time continuum comes full circle.

TESTIMONIAL

A few words about me from two artists I highly respect and admire, as visionary minds and the two most important B&W Fine Art photographers worldwide in existence:

“… not only is Dr Charles Paul Azzopardi a multiple international award-winning photographer who creates beautiful photographs in black & white of architecture, cityscapes and seascapes that evoke intense and deep emotions, he also manages to capture motion in his striking photos of dancers in a way that reveals his profound sense for light, shape and rhythm”.

– Joel Tjintjelaar – B&W fine art photographer, international award-winning artist, educator and writer

“…. the first thing I would say about him is that he is a complete artist. His artistic personality is complex and is not limited to the world of photography, but goes well beyond it. He has a particular sensibility that one can see in his black & white work, either when he shoots people and performances, or when he works with subjects such as landscape and architecture; strong emotions find their best representation through black & white photography and that is why Charles expresses himself so well in this style. I see Charles as one of the most sensitive and interesting black & white artists of the moment, and I can predict a bright future for him in black & white fine art photography.”

– Julia Anna Gospodarou – B&W fine art en(Visionographer), international award-winning artist, educator and writer