I grew up in Kent, near Canterbury. As a child, I was surrounded by historic buildings where traditions are deeply rooted. As part of an army family, however, there was also, always, a sense of movement and disruption.
In 2003 I came [with my partner] to live in Jersey. Here, I have found a structure and routine for my life.
Both of these aspects of my life, movement and stability, are reflected in my photography.
I have found my subjects whilst I have been travelling rather than closely at hand here in Jersey. The subjects themselves, in contrast, are monumental and characterized by their strong, often rhythmical, forms: buildings and sculptures may be in distant places but they do not move.
At the same time, however, as being stone, concrete, steel and glass, the things that catch my eye also have lightness and life and depth.
The work I now exhibit has been a project I started eight years ago. I wanted to find a way of communicating by way of photography not just the surface and the shape of an object but the way that it is. I want an image to give a sense of strength and depth and movement. A curve in a roof-strut may be dynamic. Working in three dimensions, a sculptor can make marble seem alive.
Expressing this through photography has been an interesting journey, discovering what subjects work and, of course, what do not. Some of my earlier experiments had no life: they were too solid or they had no strength of form. The best results come when there is texture and rhythm.
The technique I have developed to express what I want has the effect too that the works are themselves three-dimensional objects. They are physically heavy and solid but there is also an element of illusion. Each part is flat but together they allow the observer to see different angles and perspectives by changing their own viewpoint, stability and movement.