What do you look for when selecting a subject?

This very much depends on what I’m shooting of course. For my minimalist landscape work I’m looking for lines, form, space and isolation as opposed to to any defined subject matter, which in a countryside as beautifully cluttered and messy as ours is a challenge. The subject itself is very much an open book, it’s where it sits in the world that defines whether or not I can turn it into the sort of image that moves me.
With my exhibition work, such as my current collection entitled C I R C U S, the subject is already chosen, I just have to work out how and very importantly where, I want to represent it.

‘Hollow Oak

Can you tell us more about your photograph ‘Hollow Oak’? “

I have been walking past this fabulous partially hollowed out ancient oak tree for ten years. I’ve seen it through all seasons, sheltered inside it from the rain and under it from the sun. It lies on an old drover’s track, so I’ve always imagined that it has been a resting point or sanctuary from the elements for travellers for many hundreds of years. Whilst I’ve photographed it in all seasons, my favourite is definitely Hollow Oak, partly because it appeals to my penchant for minimalism but also because I love the tenacity and strength in this fabulous old tree, hanging on through thick and thin and still offering protection to all that pass in its hollow trunk. Sadly I can’t walk past it anymore as my neighbor, who owns the field it sits in, has gone all Donald Trump on me, but I’m glad I’ve got Hollow Oak to remember it by.


What attracted you to the subject of starlings in your work ‘Murmur’?

I have always had starlings on my photographic bucket list. I’m sure we’ve all seen wildlife footage of starlings in murmurations and found it mesmerising. As a moving spectacle I find it’s almost like watching music, if that makes any sense, everything flows with a wonderful organic and breath-taking synergy. Being a static medium, I couldn’t show the movement of their dance so I wanted to show the patchwork of the quilt they weave across the sky.

“It was good to hear you are having a live exhibition in Lyme Regis in May. Can you tell us more?

About three years ago I began shooting contemporary circus performers as we spend much of our family summer at circus festivals. Circus has changed so much over the years and I wanted to show how it’s now about the extraordinary strength and skill of individuals, as opposed to using animals. Dedicated and highly talented performers have replaced the performing seals so to speak. I have been photographing them both in the studio and out in wild natural environments, where I can isolate and show off their power. I’m working towards my next book, but I thought it would be nice to have an Exhibition of a selection of the images I’ve created to date. It’s running from the 5th to the 18th May at The Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Lyme Regis DT7 3PU. It’s been touch and go with the lift of lock-down, but I’m confident all will be well and I’m looking forward to seeing lots of people I hope, I’ll be on site pretty much all the time. What can I say, I’m a control freak.

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