Picturing Paradise (’03-’05)

Picturing Paradise looked at places where individuals have created notions ‘paradise’ for themselves – these bubbles of existence we create away from the reality of the everyday. It asked if there is a common denominator to what we call ‘ideal place’. Are there pictorial conventions and traditions, which shape our understanding of the paradisiacal? Are these attempts at perfection by definition doomed to failure? The work sought to establish parallels between the construction of images and idealised spaces.

 

Sheets Goldstein

 

Palm Springs

 

Huntington Gardens

 

Sheets Goldstein

 

Hanbury

 

Le Domaine

 

perspective

 

Waterfield

 

Villa Orion

 

Huntington

 

Self Realisation

 

Toro Canyon

 

le Domaine

 

Toro Canyon

 

Huntington

Picturing Paradise looked at places where individuals have created notions ‘paradise’ for themselves – these bubbles of existence we create away from the reality of the everyday. It asked if there is a common denominator to what we call ‘ideal place’. Are there pictorial conventions and traditions, which shape our understanding of the paradisiacal? Are these attempts at perfection by definition doomed to failure? The work sought to establish parallels between the construction of images and idealised spaces.

 

Never Hatched (2015)

These are photographs of the un-hatched eggs of the last golden eagle in England. Magnified on a scale of 1 to 300 the eggs begin to resemble planets, each bearing distinct characteristics different from the others, each bearing witness to the eagle’s failure to procreate, to hope and and unfulfilled potential. The bird moved to the Lake District to mate with his female partner. Since her passing he continued to build nests of ever increasing size and to perform the eagle’s sky dance in failed attempts to attract a new mate. The eagle himself passed away in 2018. 

This work was developed as part of  New Expressions Commission in collaboration with the Cumbria Museum Consortium and exhibited at Abbot Hall

 

Antipodes (2014)

The Antipode series consists of a series of photographic diptychs always juxtaposing two exactly opposite points of the globe in a single image. The work was shot in a three-week period, traveling from Spain, to Peru, from Peru to Hawaii, to New Zealand, to Thailand and finally to Botswana, covering the stretches of the globe. The series visually collapses geographical space to present a world inextricably connected.

Urban Myths (’08-’12)

Urban Myths juxtaposes those American cities that have seemingly grown overnight out of unlikely and often inhospitable environments that can not support them, from the swamps of Miami, to the dry desert of the America West. These images capture how the cities bleed out into their surroundings; be it through the radiating glow of the urban night lighting up the desert or the trails of cars or planes attracted to the urban centres like moths to the light.