Layers

Some pictures of the patchwork of the urban environment, made on walks around Sunderland, South Shields, and Newcastle upon Tyne. Also details of my latest artists book, containing pictures from my Burgers & B52s series, photographed at the Sunderland Airshow over the past few years. [...]

Future Tense

Future Tense is a sequence of 31 pictures that I have made over the last few years. The pictures are presented in a hand made concertina style book, with surface sculpted cover, and a series of cut outs. Like my previous books, Future Tense took the best part of two days to construct and complete, and this is without the time spent selecting, preparing, printing, and sequencing. But it is good to see the images working as a set, in what feels like their natural home. [...]

Tempest

My latest hand made book is titled Tempest and is based upon my eight seasons storm chasing in America. This is a body of work I have struggled with recently, mainly because many of the images are so “beautiful”, despite the fact that they illustrate some of the most violent forces on the planet. This contradiction is what I had in mind when selecting the pictures and words for this book, and it is a long way removed from a “best of” which would never have been made. In fact fifteen of the pictures have never been printed before, and many have are abstract in nature, so it all felt quite fresh. [...]

Hand Made Books

I am pleased to have finally got around to making my own hand made artists’ books. Making books is one way of coming to terms with a body of work, and through the process of selection and sequencing, you may find new connections and narratives. It is so easy to simply collect pictures in a file on your computer or in a folder of negatives, and never see them in use. The whole process of measuring, cutting, and gluing, is also a good way of losing yourself for a few hours, but it can be hard to not get sucked into the craft. [...]