WHAT CANNOT BE SEEN


Robert MacFarlane explores the division between reality and imagination in his book ‘Mountains of our Minds’. The reality of undertaking an expedition to summit or traverse a significant natural landmark is elevated in the mind of the individual. The mountain that is visualised commonly fails to match the mountain that is seen. It is this disparity between experience and visual representation that has encouraged this body of work. The images created take a fragmented look at the environment, representing the familiar in isolation from the surroundings.

This project was initiated based on an individual fear of these remote areas, locations that, although perilous, still entice and draw in artists and explorers. These environments deliver both mental and physical challenges. To realise this complexity the camera is used as a tool for comprehension and purpose. Edmund Burke’s theory on the ‘sublime’ scaffolds the origins of this project; the notion of romantic grandeur, intertwined with horror and terror, is never far away.

Walking can be the ultimate relaxation. Forget vistas and expanses of views, to walk down the beach with only a short view in front of you can elevate you to a new world; a world without distraction and perpetual visual stimulant. This is why I walk, for what I cannot see enables me to both escape and dream.