Traditionally I had taken the route of panoramic images or the use of very wide-angle lenses to try and achieve the sense of place and space that we experience when looking at a vista. Whilst some of these images achieved something that I was trying to capture I wasn’t entirely entirely satisfied with the approach on every occasion.
On a trip to Australia six years ago I was struck by the work of Aboriginal artists and by the paintings of Fred Williams in that they both took very different perspectives on “seeing and recording the landscape”.
This resulted in two largely experimental pieces “Australia Section 1” and “Red Criss Cross Extrapolation” both derived from images taken in Australia.
The idea behind these experiments was to reinterpret what I had seen and recorded by the camera into an image that contained the colour, tonality, range and light without the confinements of an orthodox photographic reproduction.
This has now developed into currently these categories of “scape” work:
- Modern Industrial
- Modern Urban.
Structurally they take similar approaches by using processes of extrusion, selection and extraction, extrapolation and enlargement to define the final image. Looking at “how we see” and “what we look” at when we do see, then trying to understand and interpret this as a final image. Images cover all aspects of landscape and some go further with various aspects removed or reduced to emphasise the key focus of attention. More recent experiments with “Found Art” as in Maps, Diagrams and Instructions all of course adapted, changed or interfered with, almost “deconstructed” will also be added to this site.