What is it about Natural Stone Landscape photography that you are passionate about?
GRJ: When I am amongst rocks and stone I am more at peace; there is an internal resonance, an exchange of energies, a profound sense of expansion and presence. It is hard to find silence in a world so busy with itself but I find it within natural stone landscapes! There is a balance here, I am matter amongst matter; geology, geomorphology, stones and rocks throw up deep philosophical questions for me about time, space, and existence. Not our human sense of lived time, but deep time, geological time is utterly compelling I find, but ungraspable, until you are surrounded by rocks, encountering, inside the landscape, wrapped in its intimate immensity.
There’s a kind of dignity and stillness, an echo of processes stretching back many millions of years, somehow present and resting. All landscapes are in permanent transition, the forces that shape the earth can be mind bogglingly slow or violently abrupt. It’s this paradox between the 2D qualities of a photograph, the apparent fixedness of the stone and the liquid nature of time that I am passionate about. I have collected stones my whole life, as if in their weight and density the curvature of time is made manifest. When you hold a stone it is as if you are holding time, deep time.