June 5 2015
Giles Hugo’s work is adult photography that speaks of a life as an observer of human frailties. As a journalist photographer working for the press his brief was to convey information through his images but later, as a book reviewer, the emphasis shifted from the actual to the metaphorical. These beautiful photographs can be appreciated as merely an illustration of a song title or a piece of poetry or they can be read as a celebration of the light.
But Giles Hugo’s work is not just a pretty picture. Beneath each image with its seductive surfaces and lyrical colour is another world. A world where the rock songs evoked in the titles of the photographs remind the viewer of late nights, of voices rough from grog, cigarettes and worse and of lives shortened by recreational substances and spirituous liquor.