“When the lights go out And the darkness surrounds you Open your eyes
to the Wonderment"
My work as an investigative artist primarily revolves around creating spaces to allow people to take time out from their busy world and to invite them into my secret world. I prefer to see my work not as images or objects but as appearances that reveal themselves over time. I work in the landscape at night from dusk till dawn, especially the time when the light slowly fades only to creep back in at dawn. The weakening hour.
This phenomena of penumbral revelations need time to be discovered. I utilise still, moving and sound responses to take you into a journey of discovery sometimes that discovery becomes a very personal journey. I seek to remind people that magic still exists, the magic of wonderment that we all experienced as a child but have seemingly lost.
Using still and moving imagery sometimes with sound I have created I interrogate concepts of time which is crucial to my ideas, exchanging the classic definition of photography as a series of instant glimpses of the world in which we live, to a personal definition of ‘space-time’.
A conceptualist arts education in the early 70's at Coventry School Of Art, continues to inform my thinking and work practice. Heavily influenced by my photographic tutor at Coventry, Gordon Goode, who introduced me to performance photography. Goode had been the photographer for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford in its formative years of the 1950’s and ‘60s. As a child I was fascinated by the world of darkness from the streets to the cinema and the stage, and this has ultimately affected my practice.
I create the conditions for events to take place. I don't direct those events , I just document them. There is no Photoshop manipulation, multiple exposures or montage techniques involved - its a documentation of a live event. As someone once said of my approach “he is the conductor, the orchestrator of a performance”
A key element in my work is my appreciation of drawing in all is forms. From scientific and analytical observations such anatomical and botanical to engineering and mathematics.
The World's oldest drawing is a Stone Age crayon doodle. A 'Hashtag' pattern drawn on rock in a South African cave is at least 73,000 years old. Sometime in the Stone Age, human artists began experimenting with a new form of visual art: drawing and we continue to experiment today. From my sea drawings to more recent insect drawings, the mark is there. My prints seek out that drawn quality not just the photographic representation.