I would call myself an emerging artist, my professional training and career as an archaeologist is fundamental to and puts into context my photographic work. However, I can trace my preoccupations back to childhood holidays in Wales and Cornwall; walking in landscapes scarred by past mining and the ruins of agricultural change. For me these events have produced palpable sensations that have remained with me as I continue to walk, explore and look
My photographic work explores the rich textures and patterns evident in everyday objects both natural and artificial; details often unseen or overlooked at first glance. My work can be viewed in the context of psycho-geographical adventures into marginal and semi-abandoned areas. They often lie between or at the edge of the urban environment and the countryside.
I’m looking for an atmosphere acutely affected by the knowledge that people have been present in the past, recently or will shortly return. So I exist in a space between these moments, observing absence.
Nowhere have these experiences been as rewarding as when, living in Dublin, I explored the lanes and passages running behind the terraces of the city’s inner suburbs. The history of any city is the accumulated aspirations, decisions, actions and conflicts. This is not just the history of great events but the mundane details that appear to be of very little significance. They accumulate unnoticed but have a story to tell.
The landscapes and objects I photograph have minor histories; from their creation to destruction, from usefulness to supersession and final abandonment. A process delayed by repair and recycling; acts further enriching their history and increasing the complexity of their appearance.
Using photographic collage I attempt to define and express the uncertain sensations and the often quite magical responses I experience during my explorations. I extract specific details from photographic images, isolating them from their original context. These provide ‘materials’ or ‘pallets’ which I combine into fresh and unfamiliar landscapes that emphasise the essence or perspectives I experience. The resulting structures may have a surrealist quality; become remote landscapes and settings of questionable and unsettling perspective and narrative.
2013 Best Shots, Photographic Competition & Exhibition, Prize Winner,
The Station, Richmond, UK
2013 Aesthetica Art Prize, Longlisted & St Mary’s York, UK.
2013 Borders @ Gallery 23, arteriagallery23, Lancaster, UK
2012 Salon 2012, South Square Gallery, Thornton, UK
2012 £40 Show, Cupola Gallery, Sheffield, UK
2012 Calderdale Open Art Exhibition, Prize Winner, Smith Art Gallery,
2012 Another Spot on the Wall, The Station, Richmond, UK
2012 Art In The Pen, Skipton, UK
2012 Artweek, Mountfield, Holmfirth, UK
2012 Artweek, Civic Hall, Holmfirth, UK
2012 Derbyshire Open Studios, Whitehouse Farm, Staffordshire,
2012 Saltaire Open Houses, Saltaire, UK
2012 America: North and South, Mill Bridge Gallery, Skipton, UK
2011 Northern Freeze, Mill Bridge Gallery, Skipton, UK
2011 Opening Exhibition, Mill Bridge Gallery, Skipton, UK
2011 Art In The Pen, Skipton, UK
2011 Artweek,Civic Hall, Holmfirth UK
2011 Saltaire Open Houses, Saltaire, UK
2011 Copy/Paste – 2D Art, Shine Business Centre, Leeds, UK
2011 Joint Exhibition, The Butterfly Rooms, Saltaire, UK
2009 RegalArt09, Espai D'Art Miquela Nicolau, Felanitx, Mallorca
2009 Paper, Gallery Zipp, Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA
2009 SuperMassiveBlackHole Magazine, Issue 1, Ireland
2008 Art Nadal08, Espai D'Art Miquela Nicolau, Felanitx, Mallorca
2008 Saltaire Open Houses, Saltaire, UK