I have been visiting and making work along the coast in Heysham, in North Lancashire for almost 10 years. This area has always fascinated me with it’s startling contrasts between nature, the nuclear power stations, port of Heysham, and industrial estate.
My work largely results from a subjective approach, that involves returning to places again and again and creating images in response to each new experience there. This has been part of a natural, instinctive process, realised over time and not something I originally set out to explore. Walking familiar places and developing a stronger sense of place is important to me and it has become clear that the work is about the journey and what has been discovered along the way, than it is simple visual representation of a subject.
I began making images on the coast at Heysham in the summer of 2006 following a visit to Half Moon Bay with my sketchbook – a small rocky beach with views of Morecambe Bay and the Power Stations and Port. Amazed by the juxtaposition between the rocky beach and the industrial buildings in the distance, I gradually set out to further explore the footpaths that circle the Power Stations and continue to the sands at Middleton to the south. Over the next year or so I had filled a sketchbook about the area and had taken numerous photographs using a small digital camera. I referred back to this work on many occasions during the following five years whilst living and working away from home, in the South of England. Since returning in 2012 I was immediately drawn back, and naturally continued to walk and make work there….
And, I’m still doing it.
I’m not really sure how to best present this as a project as a whole. So, for want of a better idea, I have created a gallery from a selection of the images that roughly follows the chronology in which they have been made. Now this is done, it should be relatively easy to add to as time goes by.
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