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At age 17, I entertained the idea of studying architecture. This never materialised but the idea persisted for most of my adult life and culminated in me starting a course in building design in 2011. I hasten to add that I didn’t finish the course.
I am naturally drawn to the beauty of shapes, lines, forms and patterns. This attention to detail is quite evident to me in my photography.
Following on from my previous series, Nature’s Abstractions, I decided that during 2017 I would focus my attention on structural elements in my environment. I have continued to photograph in an abstract way, although there is also a tendency towards minimalism.
What started out as a seemingly simple project, expanded, and has lead me to question the influence that man is having on the environment. This questioning came about when I visited a now abandoned marble mine in Svalbard, Norway in June. Occupied for only a few short years at the start of the 20th century, the site is now devoid of humans. However, many of the remnants of occupation remain. This Arctic ghost town, eerily quiet and bitterly cold, devoid of human habitation, is now left to the wildlife and the elements of nature.
I continue to photograph structures around me, striving to create something which is visually appealing, but the questions linger.
I invite you to not only see the beauty in these images but also to reflect and consider what will eventually become of these forms.