I'm a photographic artist based in Brighton, UK. Widely recognised for my large-format, tableaux landscape photographs, my practice also encompasses video and installation work, which together, interrogate notions of identity and belonging, and the complex relationship between history, place and culture.
My photographs reside in major private collections, including the George Eastman House, Deutsche Börse Art Collection, Sir Elton John Collection and V&A Museum. I've published several monographs including Motherland (2007), We English (2009), Pierdom (2013) and Merrie Albion (2017).
Awards, Publications & Exhibitions
My work has been exhibited widely with solo shows at the National Maritime Museum (UK), the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma (Italy), and the Multimedia Art Museum Moscow (Russia). Recent group exhibitions include Civilization: The Way We Live Now at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul (South Korea); and Unfamiliar Familiarities: Outside Views on Switzerland, at Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne (Switzerland).
In 2010 I was appointed the official British Election Artist by the House of Commons Works of Art Committee to produce a visual record of the General Election on behalf of the UK Parliamentary Art Collection.
Other awards include an Honorary Fellowship to the Royal Photographic Society, a World Press Photo Award, the Vic Odden Award and grants from Arts Council England and the John Kobal Foundation.
Unforgiving and dramatic winters have often been regarded as one of Russia’s most defining characteristics. A Russian winter is redolent both of great hardship, extreme temperatures, physical privation, an atmosphere of isolation and desolation, but also of great beauty.
Photographed in the perpetual twilight of the Kola Peninsula, in the far north-western reaches of Russia, Polyarnye Nochi captures the ethereal meteorological phenomenon affecting this swathe of land that lies between the White Sea and the Barents Sea. Meaning “polar nights”, Polyarnye Nochi represents the naturally occurring period from December to mid-January, when the sun remains below the horizon, allowing for only limited light each day.
These photographs explore the uneasy co-existence of man and nature, but also capture the indefinable and elusive beauty that emerges as a result of this precarious alliance.
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