The landscapes we occupy are filled with natural and manmade features that reveal curious details about ourselves and about our relationship with the environment. Although clearly visible and tangible, they often remain hidden in our peripheral vision, occupying the margins of our day to day existence. Landmarks uncovers and explores some of these features and offers new ways of seeing them.
Cell phone towers disguised as trees, telephone poles overtaken by huge bird nests, seemingly haphazard formations of electricity pylons, urban trees that have died but not fallen, abandoned cars and houses, polluted city rivers, and human footpaths, are all examples of some of the themes that I have explored in recent years.
After identifying these features, I document them, creating a series of photographs from each type. The presentation of these series builds on the structure of a typology, a term introduced by Bernd and Hilla Becher in the 1960s. They used it to describe their photos of industrial structures, grouped according to purpose and displayed in sequences or grids. Their uniform choice of angle and perspective encourages the viewer not only to see the structures as a family of objects but also to examine the subtle differences that make each structure unique.
Landmarks presents images and ideas that a wide range of people will recognise and identify with. At the same time it is also a very personal project, driven by my own curiosity and sense of wonder for the places that surround me. I approach my art in a playful manner, not to make light of the circumstances, but rather to open up new perspectives and include a bit of my own personality in my work.