10 imagesFor centuries developed societies have been territorial, not only marking boundaries between each other but also between themselves and nature. In rural areas these boundaries, as well as marking areas of human jurisdiction, are often a means of both defence and of containment - a physical manifestation of a perspective which views man as separate from nature, as a shaper of the landscape rather than a part of it. This group of photographs focuses on rural boundaries in Wales, where the ancient British practice of planting live hedgerows exists beside the more contemporary technique of wood and wire fencing. The hedgerows, while protecting land and containing livestock, also provide a sustainable habitat and vital ecosystem for a variety of flora and fauna, as well as acting as a essential catch for storm water topsoil run-off. Contrary to this ancient practice is the more modern form of marking territory, as is found in the United States, of using metal, dead wood, and even electronic fences in order to divide property, contain livestock, and separate the wild from the domestic. For me, these borders, boundaries, and divides are a powerful visual metaphor for our current societal relationship with the natural, and represent the different ideological approaches toward a sustainable future.
35 imagesArtist Statement: Snow Pictures There’s something shameless about Snowfall, the way it lies there, Does nothing but changes everything. -From A Walk in the Snow by Jo Shapcott "Snow Pictures" presents an ongoing visual exploration into the transformative quality of snow upon a landscape. For me, snow is both a remembering and a forgetting of place. The fundamental contours and shape of an environment are revealed under snow, just as their details are simultaneously obscured. Snow is a weather of simplicity and yet it bears rich human association, representative of temporary escape from the everyday in places it falls rarely, or of enduring hardship where it covers the ground year round. It is against the canvas of snow that human impact upon the environment is so often amplified to reveal with new clarity what is always there: the smudging of exhaust fumes, the brightness of litter, the interlacing tracks of a car’s tires. And now the snow had perfected their isolation. If the silence, the absence of their situation could have been made corporeal, it would have looked like this. A thick shroud over the fields, the farms, the river. A great white dust sheet laid over the entire contents of a locked and abandoned house. -From Resistance by Owen Sheers It is not just the visual qualities of snow landscapes that fascinate me, but also the aural. A fall of snow brings a silencing, a sense of stillness which I attempt to capture in my images; that moment when a landscape is happened upon in its shrouded state, loaded with the promise of what remains unseen beneath the drifts and waves of white. The girls and boys in winter know That love is like the drifting snow; It praises everything although Its perishable breath must go. -Lesson by Anne Stevenson It is at these moments I find a personal sense of peace, as if snow has made a cathedral of the world about me, a brief ethereal refuge from the concerns of life. This is why I seek out snow covered landscapes and why I try to compose images in which these qualities are captured; a stillness within a stillness which I hope will transport a viewer in the same way the original landscape transported me.