The photographs displayed here are a tiny sample from my collection of images amassed over some fifty-plus years. Hopefully they convey something of the areas that interest me in photography. This collection is added to from time to time as new work is produced. The influence of photographers that I admire, such as Edwin Smith and Raymond Moore, is no doubt evident in some of my work, but my interests and way of working were already set before I even knew about these practitioners.
The Kite Area, Cambridge, 1980s
When I visited the Solway Coast region in 2011 it was really to explore the area that the late Raymond Moore made his own through a remarkable series of photographs made in the 1970s and 1980s.
An iconic image from this series, about which much has been written, is shown on the left. The photograph was included in one of the only two books of Moore’s work published, entitled ‘Every So Often’. The complete set from this book may be found elsewhere on this site, together with images from his few other published sources.
In 1965, whilst photographing in Ireland for the book of the same name published in 1966, Edwin Smith visited the formal gardens at Powerscourt in County Wicklow.
One of the photographs he took there has always held a certain fascination for me and a trip to Ireland gave me the opportunity to visit the gardens and see this impressive place myself. Armed with a copy of this published version of his image on my iPad as a guide, I set out to try and photograph the view as it is today.