Occupied Landscapes
3 August 2015

I am drawn to photographing the figure in the landscape – those notions of scale, gesture and spatial perception that rise above description into something else we can’t quite explain away. Operating as visual poems about people in relation to place, these images suggest the persistence of wonder, awe, fear and fascination within landscapes that can seemingly no longer embody the sublime.

In these places, I am reminded of things as disparate as my own childhood phobia of dark water, iconic landscape paintings from the history of art, and the rowdy public swimming pools I frequented as an adolescent. I am fascinated by moments when nature reasserts itself – through the immensity of the landscape, a strange synchronicity with human inhabitants, or an anxiety-ridden moment highlighting the split between leisure and wildness.

2005-present, 24×30″

1_Tubers
2_MotherandChild
3_Float
4_SnakeintheWater
6_RockLake
7_TollymoreBridge
8_TheReach
9_Sliding
10_Peering
11_WeekiMermaids
12_YellowstoneLine
13_RockConflict
AroundtheCorner
14_Photograph
15_BetweenTrees