In 2014 I began a series of projects that culminated in the release of my landscape photography book "Healing" with foreword by Joe Cornish. You can read more about the book here. To sum up this collection in two words, it would be beauty despite. A portrayal of how stories of an invasive past have become interwoven with those of the present, nature’s own long exposures that I have been privileged to amble through, mid-development, and bring instances into print. These galleries contain a mix of work from the three geographic locations covered, some that are feature in the book and some that did not, each with a unique story.
The various scars around Hodge Close and its neighbour Moss Rigg are viciously excavated into the magnificent landscape that sits just above the beauty of Little Langdale. The variety covers the uniquely coloured slate faces of Hodge Close to the beautiful tarn on Holme Fell, originally created as a reservoir to power the funicular lift that retrieved slate from the depths of the quarry. The fell itself provides both a vantage point and context to the disfigurement, characterised by the intoxicating combination of glorious vistas together with incredibly photogenic birch and rowan trees nestling amongst the texture of heather and bracken.
Dead Lake, Delamere
The enigmatically titled Dead Lake at Delamere Forest in Cheshire was created in the 1930s purely for aesthetic reasons. Since there is no defined inflow or outflow, the lake is dependent on rainfall and seepage. Photographically speaking it is a fascinating place with a transition of dead, looping and upright trees giving confusingly abstract vignettes along the shoreline. Even in such a small area, looking for the stories of change in each visit is a fascinating experience; solving the puzzle that converts these intimate scenes into meaningful photography is a challenge that creatively I’ve thrived upon.
My project began and was shaped in 2014 at Thirlmere in the English Lake District, a reservoir created by the completion of a dam in 1894, despite one of the first organised campaigns of environmental action. Over the time that I photographed at Thirlmere I became fascinated with the history of the area and came to appreciate the complexities of the environmental ‘battle’ that had occurred when the Thirlmere Water Scheme was first proposed.