I am by nature an observer, and a historian. Simon Schama’s Landscape and Memory (1995) remains a persistent influence in my work. When I am standing in space, in the land, I find solace in the idea that “Before it can ever be a repose for the senses, landscape is a work of the mind. Its scenery is built up as much from strata of memory as from layers of rock”.
I am interested in how we interact with the land, especially with places to which we have some personal connection or memory. I’m intrigued by the ways in which landscapes are often designed to express the virtues of a particular political or social community. I like to work intuitively, adopting a psychogeographic approach, being patient, moving quietly. I look for affective, quiet places that have some sense of dislocation or disjuncture, or that are under some kind of existential threat, or perhaps some past event, memory or trace lingers. In these places I wait for something to catch my attention, some light or or shadow, or presence, to reveal itself. Lately, I'm especially attracted to gardens as sites of construction and reconstruction, social history, resilience and renewal. I seek out wild places - I like to listen to the earth breathing - and I often photograph at night. I like the dark, and beauty; always chasing beauty.
But mostly I make photographs because its my way of looking at the world, life and what I see - just trying to make some sense of it all.
I have recently completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Auckland (Elam) and I now live in the Wairarapa, a beautiful and relatively wild part of New Zealand, north of Wellington.