R&R

Spending time away with the family this week with a return to Cyprus. Never too far from the camera though and always wanting to capture what I see around me.

During today’s trip to Polis Beach I immediately clocked the remnants of a concrete machine gun bunker listing into the sea. More likely a left over of the Second World War rather than of the 1974 Turkish invasion.

My obsession with this dark corner of Cypriot history keeps growing and I have a tremendous urge to visit and explore the Northern ‘occupied territory’. High on my list to visit is the city of Nicosia. As the last city on earth to have a wall and duel occupancy, it has an allure to me to document the aftermath of a war which is still felt nearly five decades later.

Taking Pictures of People Taking Pictures

In a world of smart phones and digital photography we all have a high quality camera in our pockets and at our fingertips.  This results more than ever in a desire to document everything around us.  Whether it’s the food we eat or the places we go, photography is all around us everyday.

Taking Photos of People Taking Photos is an ongoing body of work looking at our relationship with photography.  When visiting iconic tourist hotspots why is it our first choice to capture a photograph of ourselves stood infront of that location or structure?  The notion seems to be that unless we have photographic proof of our experience then did it really happen?

Vol 1. – Paris

Vol 2. – Stonehenge

Signs of Life

Signs of Life is an ongoing study looking at the impact that we as humans have on the world around us.  It will focus on many areas and its possibilities are limitless.

The first phase concentrates on what we leave behind.  The contents of tables in cafés, restaurants and service stations.  Whether it is our expectation that someone will clear it up or simply careless pollution.

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In search of the past

I don’t regularly share personal stuff through this channel but I’d like to this time. I’ve spent the last couple of days on a bit of a family hunt on Portland where we’ve found the grave of Alice Caroline Otter and Hiram Otter. Hiram was a well known local character from the later 1800’s and left his mark on several places across the Island of Portland.

Why is this important? Hiram and Alice are my great great great grandparents. My grandmother was named after Alice and my own daughter, seen in the picture, is named after my grandmother. Being only two she’s entirely unaware of this connection but to myself and my mother this is extremely special!

I’m continuing to trace this side of my family tree and have found a distant cousin who has thus far traced the Otters back to the 1600’s!

Portland was always a special place for my family with countless memories of Summers spent on the Bill and climbing the rocks. From here it could get even more interesting!

Falling deeper and deeper in to non-place

A lot of my thoughts of late have been moving more and more down the vein of non-place and the idea of space in a super modern world.

When does a space become a place? And when is it a non-place? A non-place are areas made to serve the growing needs of a sprawling human race. They facilitate our lives but only serve their purpose with our presence.

Examples being; supermarkets, car parks, airports, hotel rooms and even buses and trains. The list is ever growing and something I seek to explore more and more through Photography.