For my fifth year as a member of Oxton Artists, I am taking a more reflective abstract approach. Last year’s ‘On Deck’ series was a nostalgic and vivid splash into my past years of sailing by showing colourful fleeting glimpses of the relationship between the coastline, the water and the boat. This year’s images are continuing the sailing theme with the more contemplative Masts I and II. I have also incorporated a more introverted take on the Scottish islands (particularly Islay and Jura) with Strait of Corryvreckan and Beinn Bheigeir.
My aim is to try to seamlessly bridge the gap between photography and art, so the viewer cannot tell the difference. However, far from being painterly my work is from the patina of oxidised metals, weathered wood and various found textures in our everyday world. All images are as natural as the elements that have created them. For me, it’s about creating an emotional rather than figurative representation.
I also hope the viewer will extract their own personal narrative from the image.