Paul Floyd Blake left school and started work in the industrial laundry business, shelving his dreams of art college, which didn’t seem attainable to a mixed-race boy from the working class.
However, he always kept up his interest in art, and as a grown-up he finally did a degree in photography, graduating with first-class honours in 2005.
Ever since, Paul has worked full-time as a photographer. Based in the North of England, he has achieved great things, most notably winning one of photography’s highest-profile awards, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize in 2009. His work has since been exhibited nationally and internationally, from The National Portrait Gallery to the Foundation Pitti Florence.
These photographs are from Paul’s cleverly-titled series Give Us A Sign. Perhaps they aren’t portraits, but they are - like all of Paul’s work - respectful yet inquiring, subtly showing us that there is greater depth and complexity than we may first have imagined. Whether or not God is in the pictures, of course, we cannot know. But if He is, he has quite some sense of humour.