Living in the countryside I am constantly aware of the seasons. This of course includes the changes of light, the wide skies and the growth of various plants, from trees to small flowers.
This awareness leads directly to my main subject of image making for my personal work, landscapes.
These landscapes are viewed in a variety of ways. Sometimes a wide expanse of fields is within my sight, at other times small details of shadows and plants. At other times I am looking at the outside through curtains or windows, or reflected landscapes such as those seen on ‘Tables d’Orientation’ in France. Through all these images I am looking at shapes, textures and colour, often combining and juxtaposing two or more images to create a narrative. I tend to concentrate on exploring local landscapes, sometimes following old maps and often ‘homing-in’ on particular grid references, showing the terrain at that particular place. I enjoy exploring all forms of nature and watching their development month by month and year by year. The differences in scale are often shown in the narratives, giving a sense of the unexpected.
My other photographic work is divided between undertaking public commissions and photographing various subjects for publicity material. The public works have recently been for hospitals and a leisure centre. All these must fit a particular brief or dictated theme. I find this exciting and challenging, maintaining a personal approach that mirrors my other work.
Some of my photographs are printed as large as 3m x 4m, others are in small books. This change of scale shows that my images can be viewed in a variety of ways and that the finished piece can be appreciated by a wider audience.
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