'The world around us only starts to reveal its secrets when we are prepared to give more than a cursory glance.'
surfaceview began and grew out of a result of doing just that. What started off as simple photographic studies of aged sufaces, in particular, weathered stone and concrete, the logical mind in me attempted to find and interpret what it saw. Although we look with our eyes, we “see” with our brain. What first struck me was an unexpected creative shift in perspective, having no reference point of scale or depth of field. The images presented a view of much greater distance and more suggestive to me of landscape watercolour or oil painting than photographs. So I began to.look closer, interpret more deeply and explore the sense of perception. A desire for the initial response to suggest to the eye a vision of land, sky or seascape 'views' within the surfaces became primary. In places that go un-noticed, out of the general view, and often at ground level, characteristics such as cracks or a simple scratch became horizon lines, staining and flaking paint would mimic cloud formations. Through the physical environment and elemental characteristics such as the growth of lichen and etching of soft stone by salt laden winds, nature through its own creative force seemed to produce a representation of itself. A mirroring it seemed, of the place in which these surfaces exist. So was it coincidence that I would see a landscape so familiar to me? Not only my home county of Norfolk, a visit to Cornwall last year, left a lasting impression and the rugged coastline of Penwith continues to inspire and evoke it's beauty in the images I capture. I am keen to explore the concept of surfaceview futher a field, with an artist residency planned early next year on the Greek island of Crete.
surfaceview works have been exhibited in local, national & international shows, including London, Italy & USA and featured in Amateur Photographer, Dek Unu & AverageArt magazines.