Peter Bargh meeting Sir Simon Marsden.
A photographer well known for his shots of gothic architecture and spooky infrared work has passed away at the age of 63.
For those who loved infrared and anything horror / supernatural-related Sir Simon Marsden was an inspiration and his work has been widely admired and exhibited across the UK as well as abroad, and he also published numerous books.
Peter Bargh, ePHOTOzine Founder said: "As a child growing up being scared through the world of Hammer Horror on TV and then as an adult delving enthusiastically into the technical realms of Kodak High Speed Infrared, Sir Simon Marsden was an obvious idol.
He matched the two aspects of horror and infrared together in prefect unison. I admired his raw approach to recording the Gothic architecture - grainy, wildly exposed and dripping with contrast. His images appeared in countless articles about vampires and the dark world, and his books provided us with a fascination insight into legends and folklore, illustrated with his unmistakeable photographic style.
I finally got to meet Simon at the launch of the Grays of Westminster Exclusively... Nikon In the Company of Legends
book and we talked enthusiastically about infrared photography. I was surprised he'd not moved over to digital, but I guess some recipes are not meant to be dabbled with.
A sad loss to the photography world and I wish his family my deepest condolences."
Simon was a Nikon user and formed a long-standing relationship with the Nikon dealer, Grays of Westminster.
Owner Gray Levett said: "I first met Simon Marsden in 1992 when he called into Grays of Westminster. We sat down to talk which lasted through a long and fascinating afternoon and numerous cups of coffee. Simon used a battery of Nikkormat FTn and FT2 cameras with which he created works of stunning quality. Later on we worked on two sold-out shows together, An Evening with...Sir Simon Marsden as well as a special showing of the documentary feature film 'The Twilight Hour: Visions of Ireland's Haunted Past' narrated by John Hurt and directed by Jason Figgis in the Castle at Saint Hill Manor. Sussex."
"I have a number of Simon's images framed and mounted on the walls of my office. They are all hauntingly beautiful. Many years ago I was at an gallery showing of Simon's work and was entranced by his photograph of deserted sand dunes that drifted around clumps of grass and wind-swept trees. In the centre of the picture was an old wooden set of steps that seemed to disappear into a stunning skyline. It was limited to less than 10 signed numbered pieces and priced accordingly. I told Simon how much I loved it and that I would make a point of treating myself one day. A week after we put on that first show together a large flat package arrived for me with the print enclosed along with thank you note from Simon! I was so taken aback and thrilled. Simon Marsden was a truly unique and gifted artist, I shall miss our talks, I shall miss his humour, his compassion and his endless creativity. He talked about us doing another show together at Halloween. Sadly this was not to be. It was a privilege and an honour to know him."