About this Project
We are drawn to places, often never really knowing why. Yet, on careful analysis and sometimes after repeatedly visiting certain locations, there is a sense of coalescence, when elements come together and some level of understanding is given to why it is we find ourselves in one place rather than any other. It is, after all, a choice.
I was drawn to Stonehenge at an early age, whilst on a family holiday. It was before the days of ropes, precluding real access and holding you at a distance. You could wander freely between the stones, touch, lean on them, feel them both literally and spiritually. I felt something there I had never experienced before.
I have visited and photographed many ancient monuments since that first encounter and that sense of place and dislocation of time, coupled with a real tangible energy force is always present.
They answer to a period when, as a species, we had a far greater and much deeper understanding of the natural processes that shaped the land. Born of necessity, this understanding was intrinsically linked to survival.
The standing stones, cromlechs, burial chambers, circles and mounds are often, though not always, in vast landscapes; dramatic spaces that give a glimpse of the elemental forces that today, in a modern world, are far less accessible, comprehensible and to many less desirable. We no longer need to understand or respond to these forces, yet it is possible still, in such places to get a sense of what we have lost.
I’ll continue with this work as long as I’m physically able. These places inspire and enrich my understanding of light and land. They renew my relationship with the elements that I love and also confirm the reassuring fact that there will always remain questions that we will never be able to answer, however advanced we may become.