Inside the View
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Developed from "Touching Images", research supported by an AHRB award, in which I located myself directly in the landscape as both observer and participant in the image. This body of work continues ongoing research into relationships between the body and landscape gender and environment and the collapse of a traditional photographic distance between the observer and the observed. The research develops an approach of a double time of image making, one being the instant of the taking of the photographs, and the other their subsequent reconstruction through touch and the labour of the hand, signalling a return to a more primitive and bodily experience. The figures and landscapes are taken in different geographic locations and the enmeshing of the two, in the digital space of the computer, explores the possibility of being simultaneously in more than one place at any one time. The work has evolved from previous explorations of the sublime to an engagement with both the retinal and the digital, where the "hand drawn/erased" element becomes the interface between the formal clichés of both landscape and portraiture particularly within the northern romantic tradition of painting. Additional outputs include: Solo Exhibition: Le Parvis, Tarbes France 2004 (10 large scale photographs output from AHRB award and first work from Inside the View. Chapter in Book: Work, published by the International Photography Research Network UK 2005 :ISBN 1-873757-75-1. 20 pages of images and text detailing work made on IPRN/Arts Council of England residency selected by the Centre for Creative Photography, Jyvaskyla. Finland. Feature in Photoworks Journal: Text by David Campany, 7 pages of images. Issn: 9-771742-165005 Group Exhibition Ayermanana: Facultad de Bellas Artes Cuenca Spain October 2006. Catalogue ISBN: 978-84-690-3522-1 A selection of 4 images from the Finland exhibition form the second edition.
Gallery Harmonia Jyvaskyla, Finalnd, pp.18