An empty car park toward the edge of Barcelona by the Camp Nou. A highly organised space, gridded by paint, bounded by walls. Each parking space a void awaiting fulfilment, some showing evidence of earlier encounters; a little spilled fluid, cigarette butts, wind-blown tissue. Shadows gradually sweep across the silent expanse, intersecting the grids, a sun dial with nobody telling the time. Beyond the walls, informality and entropy, await. Tracks are scoured into the grass, freshly obliterated graffiti shows through paint, weeds erupt. The seedy aroma of human waste permeates. Toward dusk, prostitutes and johns inhabit this place, everywhere the evidence of earlier encounters; a little spilled fluid, cigarette butts, wind-blown tissue.
Most of the images I create, I see and take. In that regard, I rely on serendipity to deliver the right circumstances - place, object, light, camera in hand - to permit me to function as an artist. My process is not random; I take with me a sensibility, essentially a set of concerns and interests, and my research is my walking aided by my eye. I often shoot in series, interpreting and enquiring about a specific location with my camera in a way that, I hope, answers the questions I wanted to ask and then communicate to you. If I return home with nothing, or shots that frustrate me, then it's no different to a painter having a frustrating day in the studio.
As I develop as an artist and a photographer I understand that I will only ever fully realise my potential if I can also make images, as well as see/take. I will need to understand how to use research to direct my creative concerns and learn how to develop creative outcomes that aren't dependent on being in the right place at the right time. Learn to experiment. Be non-linear. Communicate ideas. I'll need to understand how my work and my concerns fit into the ongoing discourse on photography and be capable of communicating this clearly and convincingly. This need to drive forward my practise as a photographer compelled me to apply to study MA Photography at the University of Brighton. I'm delighted to have been accepted to study as a part-time student. Into the unknown.