Harena Now investigates the global sand crisis through the use of alternative photographic processes. It aims to spark discussions about this lesser known environmental issue that is having dire consequences not only on the environment but human life too.
It reflects my wider interest in the passage of time, evolution, erosion and human extinction by our own hand, creating images of new universes where the very human emotion of hope, if not a physical presence, can be found.
The images shown are part of a work-in-progress project that will culminate in an exhibition in 2018.
They are made by hand, by sand and by the ocean.
“In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth”. Rachel Carson.
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I am passionate about the cyanotype process. It is the technique I most often use to express my creativity.
The images shown here are a mix of residency, commission and personal creations, which all have an environmental thread weaved through them.
It is important to me to try to use photographic processes that have the least impact on the natural environment.
Anthotypes, made from the juice of flowers, plants or berries provide a fleeting and delicate means to create ethereal images that touch lightly on the earth.
The first two images form part of my response to the FarmForAONBees project, commissioned by Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the University of Exeter's Environmental Science Institute. For this I worked with Dr Grace Twiston-Davies to highlight the fragility of bees and the role of science in supporting them in an agricultural context.
These images were made with beetroot and spinach, using combined negatives of rural scenes and flowers that attract bees with exposures to sunlight of approx. three weeks.
The resulting images are ethereal and fleeting, fading away if not cared for correctly.
The majority of my work is made without any reference to people. On occasion I make images from portraits I have taken or found in old family albums. And sometimes I just like to photograph a face.
Humans and Dogs of St Agnes
Inspired by Humans of New York and my passion for pooches, this project showcases the bonds between people and their dogs.
I hope to create a photo-book of the images and stories to be used to raise funds for local dog rescues.
I use a variety of alternative processes such as instant film lifts, the cyanotype process and Lumen printing and I am a keen iPhone/photo app photographer too.
These images are an eclectic mix of other techniques I employ in image-making. They touch on topics such as my fascination with lichen and my project documenting the decay of litter left in one small village lane.
I also make short films at times.
Cornwall Crafts Association WWI Centenary film
In 2016, I was commissioned by Cornwall Crafts Association, in conjunction with the National Trust, to produce a moving image showcase of the work of some of the artists taking part in an exhibition to mark the centenary of the war waged across Europe, Asia and Africa from 1914 to 1918.