BA (Hons) Photography
PGCE Further Education
MA Photography (Finishing 2017)
Landscapes are viewed by many as an escape – an opportunity to reflect, even for a few moments on a world beyond the everyday.
Its purpose is to uplift; to transcend the mind to a different place. I want those who look at my images to feel an emotional connection. My camera lens acts as a window allowing others to visit the landscapes, if only for a brief time.
It is my aim to capture an atmosphere, be it dramatic, delicate, wild, windswept, beautiful or beguiling. I use my camera to absorb all the detail, atmosphere and notion of place.
Frederick H. Evans, the 19th century architectural photographer when explaining his love affair with cathedral architecture said ‘…wait until the building makes you feel intensely – then try to analyses what gives you that feeling – and then see if the camera can reproduce it’. The same is true for landscapes: to look, to absorb and record. It is an emotional activity that comes from a relationship between place and person.
I am drawn to the high latitude fragile landscapes of Iceland and Svalbard, where unfathomable forces of nature have shaped the land. The sheer power of tectonic activity, the force of glaciation amid the high-latitude climate gives me unparalleled opportunities for personal discovery.
It is those raw virgin landscapes that drive my artistic life. The sense of epiphany overwhelms me each time I visit those countries, and they call me back time and time again.
I try to convey the uniqueness of place, in order that the viewer, even for a short time, may feel uplifted by looking.
It is important for me to convey in my work the sacredness of the natural world, and it is my wish that as individuals, and collectively as a society we will become more predisposed to protecting and preserving this fragile earth.
In order to connect my photographic practice to the natural world, I have developed a professional practice called ‘Biosigna’, that connects the landscape directly with processed film. I am investigating the relationship between seasonality, time and place, This will be the basis of my Masters” Programme and hope to take this research further.