Overcoming Image. Shetland, UK 2017
If icons and photographs, as Lucy Lippard has observed, can overwhelm a place with an image, then tourist photography is doubly sure to produce an impersonal and undifferentiated kind of picture. How does a tourist, as an empathetic outsider, engage authentically with local island life in the North Atlantic without being overwhelmed by economically driven initiatives that magnify, promote and perform past and present symbols of place? This is a work in progress from the Shetland Islands that explores these questions through research creation.
Imaginary Places: Reframing an Arctic Image, near Ilulissat in Western Greenland, 2014
Sound/scapes, Ilulissat Western Greenland, 2014.
Reframing an Arctic Image is a series of diptychs that feature juxtapositions as well as audio/scapes made within the glacial landscapes of western Greenland near the town of Ilulissat. This project questions the popular motif of a 'mythic north' and seeks to ground awe-inspiring images of ice with everyday images of local town life (Ilulissat) from the perspective of an artist and tourist. Selected images from this series were on exhibition in Red Deer AB in 2016 and in Shetland, UK in 2016.
Columbia Ice fields, Canada. Viewpoints, 2012
This body of work was exhibited at the Leighton Centre in Alberta in 2014. A selection of composite images made within the glacial landscapes of the Canadian Rockies highlights the act of looking at and framing the landscape with a camera and the idea that to 'landscape' is an active process rather a self evident practice.
Icons of Canada, 2012.
Icons of Canada, 2012.
Rural Roots, near Calgary Alberta, Canada. 2010
A personal exploration of the region where I grew up, and live near-by to now, in Southern Alberta. This series recalls the familiar and every-day landscapes of my youth and documents (from the perspective of a local acreage owner) the unpretentious and sometimes quirky outskirts of a growing major centre. This series was on exhibition at Stride Gallery in Calgary in 2007
An Architecture of Space, 2007-08
Much like the short-lived yet recurring space of a fairground, an urban park (in a northern climate, at least) teems with activity for a few months each year and is then left to sit, empty and expectant, until next season’s flurry of activity. Yet from one season to the next, I experience through them a continuity and familiarity that marks the passage of time. Thus I find that urban parks reflect, through cycles of presence and absence, the rhythm of life. In the twilight hours they elicit in me an anticipatory energy that seems to contain elements both of melancholy and exhilaration. As I explore each space, whether it is a wide-open lawn or a quiet pathway, I am reminded of the expectancy and anxiety of a darkened stage preceding or following a performance. It is this theatricality—this potential for narrative, alongside of anticipation, that attracts me to the quiet landscapes of early spring and winter. Thus, with this photographic project I have sought to create images that exhibit an awareness of space—the physical and the psychological, the mythic and the real. Selected images from this work were published in The Brock Review, Vol 10, No 1 (2008) https://brock.scholarsportal.info/journals/brockreview/issue/view/2/showToc
Highway 93, Near Radium , British Columbia Canada. 2007
This short documentary-based series captures both popular and declining road-side attractions along Highway 93, a major travel route from Alberta to BC in Wester Canada.
In Miniature, The Journey 2006
The Journey is a mixed media series of living plant dioramas that have been photographed and presented in face-mounted oval portraits. This series is a personal exploration of encounters with the self, the natural world, and the built environment. Through narrative elements, stories of anxiety, discovery, impasse, awe and wonder are relived and recounted. During exhibition of these works, each story is open to interpretation and elaboration by the viewer, who inherently carries their own lens of life experience through which to view and process each scene.