The Vale and the Forest
The Vale and the Forest started as a collection of observations produced in the locality of Shirehampton,
in northwest Bristol. These monochromatic renderings were initially intended as an honest document that
sought beauty in the real. Careful sequencing allowed a visual poem to emerge that articulates nature’s
fraught existence in the milieu of a built up human environment.
Magnolia is an ancient symbol of springtime that cyclically recurs. This representation of growth and renewal is directly compared with a crushed plastic bottle on the forest floor, pollution from a local car wash, an abandoned nursery, a damaged car and spilt powdered milk. Amongst other subjects, a raw story of constant change is being conveyed.