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My research involves picturing ecological formations, infrastructure and urban environments in the British landscape with photography.
I approach the subjects of my work as strangely familiar places of different natures and histories. A central question I address in connection is how the ordinary world photographed as it appears can become a picture.
The context and influence for my work includes photographs by Benjamin Brecknell Turner (1852-54), Keith Arnatt (1982-84), Paul Graham (1981-), Gabriele Basilico (1982-2012), John Davies (1981-), Karen Knorr (1986-) and Jem Southam (1989-).
I use a view camera, colour negative film and available light to photograph views that are often subjects of longstanding artistic attention in locations usually close to where I live, work and travel through.
Photographic materials are integral to my working methods; beyond camerawork, I make positive colour contacts from negatives and proof print enlargements in the darkroom for studio display and critical reflection, then finished prints that may be further enlarged. I make all my work by hand using the chromogenic print process. Finished prints are mounted and framed for public gallery viewing.
My photographs are presented as individual pictures, closely resembling sets and ongoing series in distinct interconnected projects.
Together the projects form a body of work exploring ideas of place and related themes from the urban and the wild to the modern and traditional.
The overall intention of my work is to offer a sense of place both real and imagined and to reflect on photography as a medium to concentrate our seeing.
I am interested in supervising practice-based research in the following areas: photography and landscape and/or photography and urban environments exploring natures, cultures, histories and places; photography as medium and technology, analogue and digital hybrid technologies of photography; photography as documentary art practice.
Exhibitions featuring my work have included the first major survey of Photography at Tate Britain, How We Are: Photographing Britain; Scene at Pitzhanger Manor Gallery, London; Forest Dreaming at Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, Exeter; Night: A Time Between at Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; Contemporary Landscape Photography at Worcester Museum and Art Gallery; In Place of Architecture at Bonington Gallery, Nottingham; Present Tense at Phoenix Art Space, Brighton; Displacement at K3 Project Space, Zurich, Switzerland.
My photographs and writing are published in the anthology Emerging Landscapes (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014). I selected The Photographers’ Gallery Photography Culture: Photography and Landscape (London, 2018), edited Visible Economies (Brighton: Photoworks, 2012) and contributed to A Companion to Photography (Oxford: Blackwell, 2020).
I have presented my research as speaker at numerous international university conferences and symposia on art, photography, architecture and landscape.
Selected Exhibitions and Displays
Photographs 2010-2018, University of Brighton Galleries
9 Waterloo Place: Space in Transition, Phoenix Art Space Brighton
Show and Tell: The Image in Research, University of Brighton Galleries
Sussex Open, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Northern Light: Proximity and Distance in Landscape Photography, Yorkshire Art Space, Sheffield
Present Tense, Phoenix Art Space Gallery, Brighton
In Place of Architecture, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham
Inhabit, Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton
Scene, The Studio, Pitzhanger Manor Gallery and House, London
New Photography from Britain and Ireland, Cantieri Culturali Alla Zisa, Palermo, Italy
Views on SE1, part of the International London Festival of Architecture, Anise Gallery, London
Contemporary Landscape Photography, Worcester Museum and Art Gallery
Land, Travel and Environment, University of Brighton Gallery
Desires Grown Solid, Phoenix Brighton, Brighton Photo Fringe
Capital, George and Jorgen Gallery, London
Infrastructures, Anise Gallery, London
Elusive, Camberwell Space, University of the Arts, London
Night: A Time Between, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
How We Are: Photographing Britain, Tate Britain, London
Practicing Desires: Authorship in Contemporary Photographic Art in A Companion to Photography by Bull, S. (ed.) Wiley Blackwell ISBN 9781405195843
Built Worlds: Photography, landscape and different natures, essay for The Photographers’ Gallery Photography Culture; https://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/photography-culture/built-worlds-photography-landscape-and-different-natures
Photoworks Ideas Series Interview; https://photoworks.org.uk/ideas-series-interview-fergus-heron/
Desires Grown Solid: Shopping Centre Interiors in Emerging Landscapes by Deriu, Kamvasinou, Shinkle (eds.) Ashgate ISBN 978-1-4094-6705-2
Visible Economies, edited book with essays by Eugenie Shinkle and Martin Newth, works by Sutapa Biswas, Emma Charles, Anna Fox, Immo Klink, Corinne Silva. Photoworks, ISBN 978-1-903796-48-1
Elusive exhibition catalogue, with essay by Martin Newth, Camberwell Press, ISBN 978-0-9536395-6-4
Night: A Time Between exhibition catalogue with essays by Dr Janette Kerr, Dr Steve Poole and Lily Markiewicz, Royal West of England Academy, ISBN 978-1-899525-03-4 2007
How We Are: Photographing Britain exhibition catalogue with essays by Val Williams, Susan Bright, Kevin Jackson and Martin Parr, Tate Publishing, ISBN 978-1-85437-7142
Unravelling Photography exhibition catalogue with essays by Nancy Roth and Liz Wells, Quay Arts, ISBN 100-9552787-2-4
Still/Remains, photographs and essay in Eventful, Photographic Time edited by Yve Lomax and Olivier Richon, Royal College of Art, London. ISBN 1-874175-52-7
Conference presentations and talks
Visiting Speaker, Institute of Photography, Falmouth University, 20 June
With Monochrome Eyes, Panel Discussion with Daniel Alexander, Elena Helfrecht and Silvia Rosi, London South Bank University, 29 February
A Sense of Practice, Association for Photography in Higher Education Interim Event, Arts University Bournemouth, 27 November
Pictures with words, words within pictures, Shaping Knowledge MeCCSA and MPE Practice Network Annual Symposium, University of Kent, 14 June
Northern Light: Proximity and Distance in Northern Landscape Photography, Sheffield Hallam University, 2 July
Visualising the Home, Cumbria Institute of Arts, Carlisle, 13-14 July
Address to the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Photographic Society, 9 July
On Printing Photography, Panel Discussion Chair, Brighton Photo Fringe, Phoenix Brighton, 21 October
Richard Billingham Artist Talk (Chair) Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
In Place of Architecture, Nottingham Trent University, 6 November
Landscape, Wilderness and the Wild, Newcastle University, 26th - 28th March
Of the Earth, Plymouth University, 24th - 25th October
Beyond the View, Canterbury Christ Church University, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury and Turner Contemporary, Margate, 10th - 11th July
Nocturnal, Land/Water and the Visual Arts, Plymouth University, 26th - 27th June
Lessons in Geography (with Martin Newth) MAC Birmingham, 8th - 9th November
Landscape Photography, Panel Discussion organised by Miniclick at Anise Gallery, London, 17th October
Disobedient Objects at Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Organised by Centre for Research on Socio - Cultural Change and V&A, 3rd September
In/Vulnerabilities and Social Change: Precarious Lives and Experimental Knowledge (with Martin Newth), Organised by Centre for Research on Socio - Cultural Change, University of London, 5th September
Photology, Hastings, East Sussex, 5th August
Visualising the Rural, University of Cumbria, Carlisle, 4th - 5th July
Folio Forum Panle Discussion Chair at The Photographers' Gallery, London, November 22nd
Visible Economies, organised by University of Brighton and Photoworks as part of Brighton Photo Biennial 2012, 29th October
Water:Image, organised by the Land/Water and the Visual Arts Research Group, Plymouth University, 4th-6th July
Ultima Thule, in conversation with Stephen Vaughan, Photofusion, London, 25th May
Documentary Aesthetics organised by University of Brighton and BPB as part of Brighton Photo Biennial 2010, 5th November
Emerging Landscapes a joint venture between the School of Architecture and the Built Environment and the School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, 25th – 27th June
University of Plymouth
1 Sep 2004 → 17 Feb 2006
Award Date: 17 Feb 2006
Master, Royal College of Art
24 Sep 1998 → 4 Jul 2000
Award Date: 4 Jul 2000
Bachelor, University for the Creative Arts
25 Sep 1994 → 4 Jul 1997
Award Date: 4 Jul 1997
Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBN › Chapter › peer-review
Research output: Non-textual output › Exhibition
Research output: Non-textual output › Exhibition