An Artist a Day ft. Peter Maxwell Fallas

This years Oldham Open features over 300 individual pieces from small intricately crafted jewellery to a large 6ft x 6ft mixed media canvas. The remarkable array of mediums, techniques and styles used demonstrates the talents and skills of local artists and craftspeople from the Oldham Borough.

To celebrate the opening of the Oldham Open we will be featuring a number of our exhibiting artists as guest bloggers, telling us a little about themselves and their work.

Kicking off our ‘An Artist a Day’ posts is….

Peter Maxwell Fallas

1. Please can you give me a brief introduction about yourself and your work…

Ashton Canal - Peter Fallas

Retired from a career in radiotherapy physics. Hobby photographer since childhood. Particular interest in urban, documentary and architecture photography. Use both digital and film cameras. Like black and white printing in home darkroom.

2. Can you tell me about the work you have  about your inspiration for the piece, is this your usual type of work? What technique have you used and why?

Town Hall Stairs is a pigment inkjet print from a digital image taken in Manchester town hall. I used available window light to retain atmosphere and a fast 35mm lens to allow hand holding the camera in low light levels. Ashton Canal is a cyanotype print from a film negative. I am interested in old processes, cyanotype was invented by the astronomer John Herschel in 1842 and Anna Atkins pioneered its use for photography.

3. Are you working on anything else at the moment?

I’m currently providing archive industrial archaeology images to assist a PhD student with her research.

4. What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you couldn’t make your work without?

My eyes.

5. When you’re not busy creating what do you like doing in your spare time? Any other hobbies or interests?

Listening to music, 60s and late 70s pop, jazz/blues, 20th and 21st century classical and anything Beethoven.

6. Which other artists do you admire or inspire your work? (famous or not!)

Bill Brandt, Andre Kertesz, Martin Parr, Don McCullin, Denis Thorpe, Shirley Baker, Vivian Maier and many others.

7. What would people be surprised to find out about you?

I would love to do a space walk.

8. And lastly, do you have any inspiring tips or words to share with everyone?

Don’t think about doing it – just do it.

The Oldham Open is on until December 5, be sure to visit to see Peters work and all of the other submitting artists and makers.

EvaD Ould-Okojie

Access and Interpretation Officer