I am a large-format photographer interested in architecture and public spaces; I use these subjects to pose questions about place, identity, materiality, and history. I have long been fascinated by the issue of human engagement with the natural and built environment. This subject, how we experience our surroundings and, in turn, how we affect them, is of critical importance to my work. By representing the possibilities of a ‘hybrid landscape’ – in which buildings and the surrounding environment are fused – the photographs offer a different perspective on architecture, one that downplays a heroic conquest of nature and looks instead for modes of coexistence with it.
My photographs combine traditional and new techniques. The images are taken with an 8 x 10 inch view camera. A common form of equipment for photographers of architecture in the mid-twentieth century, this film camera allows me to move the lens separately from the back of the camera, optically manipulating the perspective, depth-of-field, and angle of focus within each image. Working in this manner is laborious but retains the distinct quality of film, its look and grain structure. My final images possess an extremely high resolution and subtlety, yielding photos that are immersive to the viewer while conveying a physical and tactile sense of the architectural structures and their surrounding spaces.