This series collects images of typographic and illustrative marks found in the natural landscape – they are markers of both the areas of a space and routes through a place. Collectively, they form sectors and boundaries, which are encoded with basic visual information. This theme deals with a feeling of placement and displacement that these signs contain, whether they alert us to a known or named route in order to enjoy a daily itinerary, or portray a world that has already been discovered. These signs allow an opening up of natural features to those who wish to taste a sense of freedom, and explore without being lost.
Temporary and often decayed physical forms assume a presence that is concerned for our safety and the safety of others. Whether it is protecting property and heritage, or alerting us to a hole in the ground, these structures serve as a warning to all that encounter them. My interest in these structures lies not only in the look and feel of them as physical objects, but also what they mindfully evoke. In their material forms, these structures of metal railings and wooden hoardings are often simply formed or ‘lashed’ together. Yet they signify something far more solid, a pre-conceived idea of permanence.This series investigates what it means to be on one side or the other, and a temptation to jump over or crawl through, or a longing to experience what it actually means to want to be on the other side.
Rocks and stones in the French Alps litter the landscape and are the remnants of glacial activity – most are not revered, yet they are passed by countless walkers and climbers who are on their way to somewhere else. These objects are fragments of the larger landscape they occupy, and many of them have assumed a new identity with their coverings of moss and lichen. This series serves to document these unnoticed viewpoints, from which an impressive vista is usually enjoyed. I am more interested to observe these objects as witness to events that we have missed in our brief encounter, and photographing them in relation to their grand location.
Historic sites, especially those that have preserved as ruins whilst other dwellings have been restored, provide me with an opportunity to connect with a deeper geography. In their ruined state they become containers of past lives and experiences – full of energy and the rhythms of nature. I am also drawn to the recounting of legends that surround these sites, by locals and visitors alike – a lively and often animated interpretation of events. These ancient places are usually strategically sited at the centre or the edges of built environments and are inhabited by tourists seeking to preserve their impression of it before it disappears forever.