‘I try to avoid an instinctive and intuitive approach when making my images, which is harder than it can seem.’
McNicol is responsible for a conscious restraint in his picture making, displaying great control over his environments and the materials within his constructed scenes– wood, grass, water, metal. The economy of his palette allies serenity with foreboding and as each of his scenes carries the weight of the unknown or the about-to-happen, they are lent a cinematic quality to their composure that seems all but interrupted.
Born in London in 1979, from the age of 16 Ross McNicol apprenticed with photographers in the UK and the US. He graduated from King’s College London in 2002. He has exhibited in group exhibitions in London, Paris and Lyon. In 2007 he co-founded The Wallis Gallery in east London and regularly curates exhibitions there. He also exhibited in Masterdrive (2007) and In Violet Night (2007). McNicol is currently working on a long-term project featuring rites and customs throughout the UK. McNicol lives and works in London.