This work explores feelings of displacement, alienation and hostility towards spaces once occupied by my father who passed away in 2004. These images explore the concept of spaces taking on different qualities post-death.
This work was recently exhibited at Cognition in Preston.
Shadow of the Cross
Through this work I wanted to visually explore the manifestations of religion, particularly Christianity in modern life. I wanted to examine and reflect upon my relationship with religion after the death of my father.
This work was exhibited in Etalage III.
This work aims to explore several effects of the Anthropocene through the modern phenomena of takeaway outlets. The culture of takeaway food is fascinating as takeaways come to represent distinct and expected national identities. These nationalities that takeaways assume help build a united and defined set of expectations, yet they morph with demand over time, compromising the authenticity of the experience. Takeaways have evolved from representing cultures, to being a culture in themselves, with their own expectations and images.
The scale of the work, with over 200 takeaways serving my location, represents the all encompassing, global nature of the Anthropocene. It also encourages the viewer to think of the global environmental impact of an inefficient and damaging mechanised food industry.
This work was exhibited as part of the WOLF Collective in January 2015.
When visiting Formby I was interested in exploring the notion of landscape without any trace of human interaction, even down to excluding the built up perceptions of the area. By viewing the landscape like this I was able to concentrate on the purest qualities of the landscape, and imagine myself photographing it as someone would documenting an alien place. I was particularly interested in seeing the area almost as though it was another planet, as more than ever popular culture sees continual input from solar explorers, far from Earth, beaming back images of landscapes previously unimaginable, but as inaccessible as ever to humans.
The audio was created from a piano piece I composed alongside audio I captured at Formby beach (wind, waves, stones cracking, shells crunching). Alongside this, I've also added audio from NASA's archive.
When photographing Formby beach as an alien world, it brought into question our impact on not just Earth but on other planets. We have already stepped foot on a celestial body and our influence and footprint is now extending to other worlds.
Ongoing project exploring the gentrification and development of Ancoats, responding to the ideas of the Anthropocene and examining spaces and our interaction with them.
Anthropocene ˈanθrəpəˌsiːn/ adjective relating to or denoting the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.
This project discovers hidden and forgotten surfaces, often damaged by time and human intervention or lack of intervention. These are the landscapes of insects, tiny plant matter and mould. Despite their small size, these landscapes were designed to be reminiscent of something much larger; planets and unknown territories.