Welcome to my website. I hope you find something here to enjoy, and enquiries and feedback are very welcome.

 

I’m a photographer-artist, living and working in Bristol. 

 

In photography, I'm drawn to unusual textures, colours, reflections, shadows or shapes in land/seascape and architecture, from beaches, moorlands and graveyards to deserted boatyards and crumbling farm buildings. I also make artist's books, often combining image and text, and more recently including print forms such as linocut and letterpress.

 

Occasionally I write music and poetry, performing and recording both my own songs and traditional folk, and have produced two EPs.

 

I'm also constantly lured by Orkney and north-west Scotland for their vast open skies and constantly changing light, cold restless waters, remoteness and deep silences, and these thread through my work. Currently I'm working on a limited edition collection of six small books (photography, poetry, linocuts, letterpress) based on a month's stay in 2015 on North Ronaldsay, a far-flung tiny Orkney island with a lighthouse, a bird observatory, and a falling population.

 

Prints and cards of my photography, a small range of hand-made books and, in the near future, some music are available for sale. Please see shop page.

 

 

exhibitions

 

We Are Here

  • UWE Bower Ashton library, 1 Dec 2015 - 31 Jan 2016

  • Exeter Library, 29 Oct–25 Nov 2015

 

Work by Spike Island Print Studio’s 1-year Book Arts course students.

 

Forsaken: reflections on abandonment

  • Easton Arts Trail, summer 2015

  • Northlight Gallery, Stromness, Orkney, summer 2014

 

Forsaken explores aspects of abandonment through images, poetry, books and music, with a focus on deserted buildings and shore artefacts found on Orkney. It touches on the constant abandonment/return cycle inherent in nature's rhythms, and our own forsaking in relationships. A hand-produced five-track EP of song and poetry, including a song interpretation of a George Mackay Brown poem, will soon be available digitally to buy on the music page.

 

Of Tide And Time: photographs and poetry from a Rackwick sojourn

  • Northlight Gallery, Stromness, Orkney, summer 2014

  • St James Arcade (pop-up gallery), Bristol, 13-18 May 2014

  • The Stables Gallery, Cromarty, Ross-shire, 22-26 August 2013

  • Hoy Kirk, Hoy, Orkney, 2-7 July 2013

 

This collection stems from a summer stay in Rackwick, a remote Orkney island valley. Once a thriving farming and fishing community, it’s now peaceful home to a few people and a multitude of birds and other wildlife.

 

Sculpture & Sky

  • Easton Arts Trail, June 2013

 

Photographs of Easton, Bristol, plus poetry-painting collaboration with Carol Huck, local artist.

 

Rackwick

  • Easton Arts Trail, July 2012

 

 Photographs, plus collaboration with Carol Huck.

 

 

prizes/awards

 

Fleeting and Alight (two photographs) awarded First prize and Commended in Stiwdio Maelor Photography Competition, May 2015.

Dream (photograph) selected for Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition, November 2013.

Of tide and time 12 (photograph) selected for RSPB photography exhibition in Orkney, May 2013.

Dockside Sunset (photograph) awarded Commended in Zion’s Light, Dark and Fire Festival competition, March 2013.

residencies

Stiwdio Maelor: 2 weeks in May 2016, producing a new artist's book, Blue Earth, a small collection of photographs and texts on local slate (texture, uses, industry).

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