Hello Gin, how would you present yourself in a few words?
What is your first memory related to photography and how has it become a passion of yours?
I remember the feel of the metal and the smell of the crisp brown leather; and I am also aware that the photograph is bound up in memory and family stories. This is the magic of photography!
How would you define your photographic style?
I guess I fall into the Fine Art ‘Landscape’ photography broad church, but I am not defined by it if you get what I mean. My work is experimental and experiential;
What is it about Natural Stone Landscape photography that you are passionate about?
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.
You work a lot in black and white. What does this bring to your photography perspective?
Black and white sort of collapses space into layers, reducing shape, shade, light to its formal qualities thereby articulating the surface by gesturing towards depth. I pretty much see the world in black and white when I am working!
What do you wish to communicate through your images?
I am fascinated by the deceptive and intriguing nature of appearances. If we just slow down and fully engage from within ourselves and within the landscape then we are having the experience of landscape, rather than the objective, idea of it. It’s what I call landscape interiority, or encountering, influenced by Eastern philosophy and ways of engaging with the natural world. I want people to feel drawn into my photographs, as if they want to go into them and have their own encounter, to question what they see, a form of mindfulness; tread lightly.