New Topography

Recording the landscape was something I have always been interested in through my early engagement of the “New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape”. This was the title of an exhibition that epitomized a key moment in American landscape photography in 1975. My photographic portfolio for getting into university was made up of this style of depicting urban or suburban realities in an attempted detached approach.

But on moving to the South West and being confronted with the Ridgeway and the Jurassic coast, this fascination with how landscapes evolve again started to preoccupy me.

I feel that we create the world around us and that we are, in turn, created by the world around us. In other words, the human condition is characterised by a feedback loop between human activity and our material surroundings. In this view, space is not a container for human activities to take place within, but is actively “produced” through human activity. The spaces we produce, in turn, set powerful constraints upon subsequent activity.