14 imagesPleurotus cornucopiae is a collection of photographs made in 2014 during the time I was living in the Chaiyaphum province of North East Thailand. These Pleurotus cornucopiae (the Branched Oyster Mushroom), are edible and visually similar to its close relative the Pleurotus ostreatus (the Oyster Mushroom). The generic name Pleurotus is Latin for ‘side ear’ and refers to the lateral attachment of the stem; cornocopiae means horns of plenty and its origin lies in Greek mythology. Initially grown from large batch of Mycelium-Spores housed in 500 plastic containers and watered attentively. Their surreal trumpet-like forms inspired a body of photographs that revisit similar interests that I had back in 1992 when I photographed a series of carnivorous plants.
8 imagesA selection of hand-made silver gelatin limited edition prints, each with its own certificate of authenticity. Printed using archival processing methods in my own darkroom located in West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Each print is individually enlarged, dodged, shaded and printed from negatives that have been developed by me by hand. Prices start at £1,500.00 GBP + shipping. All prints are shipped from the United Kingdom. Please email me at email@example.com for availability and shipping info.
34 imagesThis series entitled "Pha Koeng" documents a site of number of Thai Buddhist monks’ dilapidated wooden huts on stilts, within the jungle temple grounds of Wat Pha Koeng, located in the Chaiyaphum province of Northeast Thailand. It was inspired by two photographs. The first was the discovery of a pair of discarded trousers embedded in the mud, on the farmland we were working on. Initially I gave it the title "The Runner" though in subsequent images (taken over several months) it became the "Lindow Man III". The trousers represented motion (they seemed to be running) that were trapped within the mud. The last time I visited them, they were still half buried in the earth but ground around them had become scorched by a freak forest fire. Several photographs of a views through the windows of the abandoned monk’s mediation huts became the second source of inspiration. The views were completely obscured by thickets of bamboo shoots. Paths or tracks that meandered off into the distance and suggested a way out – potential escape routes also fascinated me. The freedom of one's mind opened through concentrated meditation seemed to be at odds with the harsh physicality of confines of the impenetrable bamboo forest. The series originated in 2011 and has continued through 2017, as I documented its destruction by fire as the site was cleared for reconstruction.
67 imagesEquus machina explores the complex relationship between man and motorcycle through my photographic practice. As a deliberate move away from earlier work that focused on the themes of melancholia, compression, decay and ruin, this new series examines and investigates an alternative viewpoint using the motorcycle as the principal motif. My research involves the following concepts: Traversing Material and Virtual Territories, Customization & Hybridization, Speed & Velocity, and the Photographic Index as a Chronological Trace. By its very nature, the motorcycle is purpose built for traversing geographical territories - physical spaces, often off-road and uncharted. The motorcycle represents an agent of change, in the sense that its customization and modification is now a dynamic cultural industry, which opens up questions of the social and psychological value of hybridized processes of the material transformation of machines. This paper is being presented as a work-in-progress in the early stages of my PhD research.