My daughter Heidi has a rare bone marrow illness called Diamond Blackfan Anaemia.
She was born with a missing gene. One of the many consequences is that she cannot produce sufficient red blood cells. She is transfused every four weeks.
Images of the sea
I intend for this project to be an intimate portrait of a place; an exploration of the relationship between Canterbury Cathedral and the people who have worked, worshiped and visited here over the centuries.
It is not an architectural project – my aim is not to show classic views of a familiar building. Nor am I documenting the modern visitors who throng to Canterbury day in, day out. Instead my images seek to capture the atmosphere of the place through the interplay of light and shadow; confinement and space; mood and texture.
Faces are not shown, but people appear in all these images through the traces they leave behind – the lighted candle, graffiti scrawls on stone and wood, stone steps worn away under foot. Some images represent people of the past through the monuments left to them. And every image bears the impression of the artist, craftsman or mason who helped to create the place.
The images are blue. This isn’t a digital effect, but the signature characteristic of cyanotype, my choice of medium for the project. Cyanotype is a photographic process that dates back to the birth of photography. I’ve used it for a number of reasons. For the viewer it demands that we see the images in different terms from ‘normal’ photographs, and invites him or her to look more closely. As a creative process it is rather labour-intensive and ‘mischievous’. Being forced to work methodically and to carefully consider every aspect of the image making process has had a profound impact on the way I’ve selected my images. Lastly it seems fitting to reflect the timelessness of the subject matter with the timelessness of the process.
This portfolio represents only a small sample of the project. The full project runs to around 30 images, and I continue to add to it occasionally.
St Mary's Stories
Stories from St Mary's Graveyard
Land, Sea, Sand
I used images of sand as textures for the landscape.
I have shown the colour and detail of butterfly wings but without the overall wing shape. My aim is to abstract the images so that they can be seen in a number of different ways. They may be viewed as wings or as more generalised organic structures. Some appear even skeletal or fish-like.
I manipulated pages to symbolise how knowledge and wisdom is being distorted by so-called populist politicians