Over the last few weeks I've been putting together my entry for the Saatchi Gallery UK/RAINE: Emerging artists from the UK and the Ukraine competition.
The eight images I selected and the statement I supplied are below, for further details you can check out the website here. Let's see how this goes!
Carved into the landscape of our known perception of natural beauty are the scars of an industrial era gone by. Resources have been taken from the earth in such a feat of mankind that traces will remain for centuries to come.
In this series of work, my aim is to document the imprint left behind and to reduce the vast landscapes to a small framed format photograph. With the use of a folding Polaroid camera and creating instant images whilst en situ; I capture the remnants of the unnatural scenery. The limitation of the technology complements the history of the subject matter and my attempt to regain the pause before taking a photograph.
Reservoirs, quarries and mine shafts are subjects of my artwork and every peeled photograph is important to my development.