Edgelines and Spectral Points is an ongoing series of images made with an Instax wide camera in two disused limestone quarries in the Peak District.
Whilst quarries and resulting spoil heaps are seen as an intrusion or disfigurement in areas of outstanding natural beauty these large scale earthworks are a constantly shifting palimpsest where vestiges of archaeological, geological and human ancestry converge. The chasms of excavated terrain are a reminder of how humanity and industry has continuously erased, overwritten and redefined both the visible and invisible landscape. My work attempts to mediate between the imaginative spaces of an elusive past and present and the hidden and intangible.
I began using instant film to counterbalance my digital photography. I've always been interested in the unique single image that can't be manipulated or reproduced. Both the camera and film were an affordable option within a limited budget. Learning how to overcome the optical limitations and discover the strengths of this rudimentary camera has been an intuitive and visceral process, initially with more mistakes and mishaps than successful outcomes. There's a sense of anticipation in getting something I didn't quite expect and a slower more deliberate way of working. These small tactile photo objects draw the viewer into the frame and and mirrors the way I intensely observe and listen to the particular and small details within the landscape.