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.

 

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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 never-hatched eggs of the last golden eagle in England. The eggs, held in the collections of Tullie House, bear testimony to his failed attempts to procreate. Since having lost his mate, the bird continues to build nests of ever increasing size and to perform the eagle’s sky dance in attempts to attract a new mate. Magnified on a scale of 1 to 300 the eggs begin to resemble planets, each bearing distinct characteristics different from the others.

 

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. Commissioned by and developed in collaboration with WIRED magazine the work was shot in a three-week period covering the stretches of the globe. In our one world society invisible international networks of, primarily, but not exclusively economical, cultural, and ecological systems supersede national boundaries. The series makes complex global relations palpable by visually collapsing geographical space to present a world inextricably connected in spite of similarity and difference.

Urban Myths (’08-’12)

Urban Myths juxtaposes those urban environments that have seemingly grown overnight irrespective of their natural environment with the often unlikely and inhospitable landscapes that surround them. The urban infringement on the natural environment is made visible through the glow of light pollution, be it through the trails of cars or planes attracted to the urban centres like moths to the light.