For the past 2 years I’ve been working on a new body of work about the woods next to my house. The resulting images have allowed me to explore how we relate to the abandoned rural landscape in Britain today. Formally a quarry, the woods have been left to grow unchecked for at least the past 30 years, and the result is a complicated mix of thick forest and sparse areas of quarried land. Here is a sneak preview of the work, more of which will be shown this saturday at my talk at The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester.
Finally, after much headscratching I have found a piece of work I have been seeking for a while now -Steffi Klenz’s project ‘Nonsuch’ which focuses on the model new town of poundbury in Dorset. The asthetic of these images is similar to how I will shoot in Thames Town in Shanghai shortly with added hints of China included. The banality of such a suburban British town is very true to life and one that seems to be missed by the Chinese who desire to occupy such spaces to have a piece of England in China. Combining this approach with portraiture in the style of other medium and large format photographers such as Alec Soth and Barry Cawston is a style that is really exciting me about photography again!
Have a look at Nonsuch on Klenz’s website here: Steffi Klenz