Photography with a strong sense of place, exploring the tensions between people, technology and nature.
I am a photographer/artist and I design and make furniture. I trained as a fine artist at Edinburgh in the 60s, and although I have done many things since, I have never lost contact with the hand and eye skills I developed there.
For me, photography is a way of trying to nail down the growing tension between human beings and the natural world. Living in the fens has allowed me to explore at close hand the agricultural landscape and the way it is shaped by urban demands and intensive farming practices. Other themes reflect my interest in the man-made environment. I taught at Leeds and St Martins art colleges and was a founder member of ‘The Welfare State’ community arts group, which carved out a reputation for innovative celebratory events and street performances. I also worked on community-based renovation projects, acquiring the designing and making skills that I applied to developing socially useful products and services through the GLC technology networks and later at the Royal College of Art in London, where I set up what is now a flourishing centre for ‘inclusive’ design. I left the RCA in 2008 and now make furniture in my workshop alongside my landscape photography and drawing.
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