My photographic practices and other creative pursuits reflect my varied cultural interests and my social and political activism, my engagement with local and global concerns such as civil liberties and human rights, ecology, the environment, social justice, labour struggles and urban decay. My practice is also humanitarian, concerned and ethical.
Much of my multi-disciplinary photographic practice revolves around walking in a variety of rural and urban landscapes and I am a keen rambler and inspired by ecology, the environment and natural history. These pursuits are informed by the writings of the English naturalist Roger Deakin (“A Journey Through Trees”) and by G W Hoskins and his seminal work “The Making Of The English Landscape. I am inspired too by writers such as Robert McFarlane (“Wild Places”. “The Old Ways”.) and the land art of Hamish Fulton, David Nash, Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long whose works and influences have led to my increasing interest in similar pursuits such as the creation of collage and sculpture from natural organic materials such as vegetables, leaves, tree bark and other organic materials.
I also create environmental portraits and have for some time been documenting the loss of habitat and environmental degradation within my local postcode (The B13 Project) and the seasonal and structural changes to my local park and my allotment site. (The Guinea Gardens) I am inspired too by the writings of Liz Wells whose works on visual culture, landscapes and identity (“Land Matters”) have informed my own practices, by photographers Fay Godwin and Marion Shoard who documented the English landscapes and its history of public and common land and championed rambler’s rights and by the epic works of photographer Sebastiao Salgado whose projects have addressed issues such as the dignity of manual labour ("Workers") and the planets disappearing wilderness. ("Genesis")
My photographic practices are also informed by my psycho-geography, my walking the city and my neighbourhood to document the impact of corporate development, the loss of public spaces and amenities and the impact of urban decay upon the cities communities and citizens. My psycho-geography is informed by the writings of Guy Debord and the International Situationists whose philosophies and practices influenced not only psycho-geography but new forms of cultural resistance such as culture jamming and bricolage, used so effectively by the Occupy Movement. My psycho-geography practices are also informed by writers such as Will Self, Ian Sinclair, (“London Orbital”) by Merlin Cleverly (“The Art of Wandering”) and by Rebecca Solnit. (“A Field Guide To Getting Lost)
23rd September 2011
The avant-garde. Dada. Walking. Sebastiao Salgado. Music. Poetry