My work touches upon the fragility and momentary nature of our experience and comes from a place of solitude and contemplation. The unifying concept behind these images is the natural spirit of place. The subjects are the literary and rural landscape of the Brontë’s, a ruined Pennine church, which is associated with both Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, an English landscape garden, highly stylised and symbolic in its design and in its place in English history, and tulips that have been named in the spirit of c.19th scientific discovery. The prints are gentle and subtle, and can change as the light in the room changes, as a painting will, adding depth and delicacy to the photographs. The paper they are printed on is chosen with care and enhances this effect.
My history with photography and taking photographs goes back to my early adulthood when I spent time in Oxford, met a circle of very influential friends - some photographers, some artists, some academics - and experienced a very exciting and stimulating period of my life. My method of a photographic process imbued with painterly references is probably rooted in this, and also in my more formal art education, which came slightly later.
I studied at Leeds College of Art (Fine Art & Crafts), practised as an artist for many years, and more recently have studied Design & Colour Technology at Leeds University, which has given me a deeper insight into visual language and perception, and also extended my knowledge of the ‘dark art’ of printing! The place-centric titles are designed to enhance the ‘touchstone’ to the moment (the unique quality of photography in the visual arts) and to provide emotionally- neutral settings for the viewer from where the images can ‘breathe’.