Although there is beauty to be had from images decaying in the landscape, my ambition was to have some control over the timespan of the process of decay. I made some pieces on wood in 2013 and left them to deteriorate in my garden. Although I could not stop the wood from rotting over some 8 years, the image remained somewhat intact and added to the message of the piece. However, my preferred surface is stone, rock, and man-made derivatives such as brick and concrete. The former, because like wood/trees they are time capsules that are the essence of the natural world and the latter because they create and shape the world we live in, My aim, therefore was to somehow craft photographic imagery onto the surfaces and offer some real longevity.
I applied for a Develop Your Creative Practice funding in 2021 and was fortunate enough to receive enough funding to concentrate on trialling processes that would help me realise my ambition of making photographic work within the landscape that could stand the test of time. I worked with the team at Epson UK and trialled processes and also sealants from a range of sources. A Lowestoft Man was the finale to the process. I, along with my assistant, physically installed the image in November 2021 at Ness Point (the most easterly point in the UK) onto the surface of an existing concrete structure which I later found out was a sewage pipe! After one year it shows no sign of deterioration. In this gallery are images illustrating my DYCP experience and other examples.
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