I am based in Teignmouth, South Devon, and am primarily interested in changes in the landscape over time, whether from natural events or because of human intervention.
Evidence worth documenting is everywhere: long walks in even the least hospitable parts of the moor can unveil remnants of past industries. Green lanes crisscross the whole of Devon, and were all constructed for a reason. Their paths are soaked in hundreds of years of human history – but how many people notice them?
Often a photograph demands to be taken, not to tell a story, but because the land, light and mood are so striking or beautiful. But beyond those elements, landscapes of all kinds can reach deep into anyone’s need for space and solitude, and a more considered photograph can tap into this. I believe images only sustain prolonged interest where the viewer has to do a little of the work: to ask what or how, and most importantly, why.
I hope I succeed on some level at provoking this interest, and communicating some emotional depth with the images and blog entries here.
Most recently I have begun to use in-camera multi exposure techniques to add more visual ‘challenge’ to the image. Often what I want to depict in a photograph – or what I want it to suggest – is not readily visible in the prospect ahead of me. Multi-exposures produced in the camera allow me to put elements found nearby into the same image. It is an intriguing, unpredictable and often infuriatingly difficult process, but very worthwhile when it works. I will add more of these as time goes by, but the Sharp Tor image below is an example.
Do take a look at my blog: I add new posts fairly frequently, and often this is where my most recent images are first uploaded (but at a smaller size than in the gallery). To view my photographs you can either search through the Photo Albums for specific areas, or access them directly via the Photo Gallery. Click on an image thumbnail to view at full size; from that screen you can also purchase a print, mounted print, or greetings card, if you are interested.