My work is an attempt to record the interaction of time with landscape. The images seek to reveal the constant relationship between the natural environment and the effect of human activity. My photography requires the viewer to take a second look to reveal the unseen and poetic beauty of neglected locations and environments.
Over the last year I have produced work inspired through walking and interacting with landscapes as various as the Thames Estuary and the Black Hills in South Wales. I have aimed to provide a unique record of landscape, with particular emphasis on the effects of time on a given scene. The constant shift between concealment and revelation created by the changing of the tides is a striking example of this. In my pictures of the Thames I have tried to capture the moments where objects from the past have been temporarily uncovered, only to once again be swallowed up by the river. I have also attempted to distort the viewer’s sense of time through the use of lighting and colour that makes it hard to tell at what time of day an image was taken.
I use my work to explore the ongoing struggle between man and nature. Many of my images juxtapose natural imagery with man-made objects such as airplanes and industrial machinery. In doing this, I have attempted to show how, despite the apparent domination of man over the landscape, nature finds a way through the cracks and eventually reclaims a scene for its own. A particular sequence of my images shows how plant life can emerge in an environment which would not normally be associated with growth – the former industrial landscape of the Thames Path in South East London. I encourage the viewer to look more closely at scenes that they would normally disregard and find beauty where they may expect to find none. I hope to reveal a timeline of history and interaction in a given landscape, and offer a continuation of the poetic thought found in work such as Wordsworth’s ‘Upon Westminster Bridge’.
The majority of my photographs were taken using vintage equipment. I wanted the images to reflect the unique and timeless character of the landscapes which I was portraying, a character that I feel many modern digital cameras cannot capture. My choice of camera reflects the desire in my work to reveal and connect with a sense of longevity and continuity rather than present a series of fragmented instants.