I have been taking pictures of the surroundings in Surrey and their metamorphosis as they reflect in the water over the last 5 years. Working traditionally with medium format and film I focus on colour, texture and abstract forms
Living on the Basingstoke Canal, water is omnipresent in our everyday life; you have no choice but to respect its presence.
The boat moves up and down with the changing water levels and is buffeted by the wind. On the canal the weather and the seasons feel much more an integral part of our life rather than just something experienced as we look out of the window. This connection to nature has left an indelible stamp on the work
I produce now.
This transformation of the canal is a never-ending source of wonder; the ponds between the locks are made of stagnant pools that are totally sensitive to minute changes in light, wind climate and the seasons. Freezing the motion of water or framing a small part of it, the image becomes an abstraction, of something that exists only for the briefest of moments and is totally unrepeatable. Attempting to capture them always feels like embarking on a journey. There is poetry within the constantly rippling water that transforms all it reflects with an unpredictability that resonates with and echo’s the lack of control we experience throughout existence.