The use of the gas station as a symbol of freedom is easily found in Hollywood cinema but a more unusual treatment of the filling station is found in Shell's television advertising campaign of the 1950s where the poet John Betjeman spoke of the pleasures of exploring the British countryside with the aid of Shell's network of filling stations.
A new body of work is part of an ongoing project based around the dead zones in the cell phone network. The aim is to provide a survey of the 'remoter' regions of the English landscape at the end of the 3G era - shortly before 4G technology begins to pave the way towards full signal coverage.
In this project the 3G network is used to broadcast live from the edge of the dead zones. Battery packs are used to power a webcam and portable router, and a signal booster is used to maximise the 3G signal. At the edge of the dead zone signal strength is low and the broadcast reduced to less than one frame per second.
And Then There Were None forms part of an ongoing investigation of the picturesque. In the series vantage point is explored as an integral element of the picturesque effect with the English country house being recognised as a defining space of social and physical elevation.
In the Climbing Frames series there is a suggestion of the rural environment being invaded by structures from the inner city. The climbing frames, each shaped as a form of transport, are rusting and antiquated and seem slightly at odds with their countryside setting.
Boot sale bric-a-brac, viewed in an anthropological way, seems to reveal a lot about the culture from which it stems. Continuing in this vein, one could also say the same of the boot sale ritual itself - often amounting to a curious engagement with the landscape.
The heads in these images are wall plaque ornaments manufactured by Bossons Ltd. in the 1960s and 70s. Bossons produced an extensive range of ethnic and national types such as 'Kurd' and 'Syrian'. These were mass-produced chalkware but were finely detailed and remain popular as inexpensive collectables.
The organization of elements into regular, self-contained or predictable formations is a way of imposing order on experience. Diverse and divergent events can in this way be located within a matrix of rational order whereby a coherent, autonomous form is felt to incorporate all relevant phenomena.
This 16mm film project draws inspiration from Daniel Dafoe’s Robinson Crusoe. Crusoe’s time on a desert island has prompted much reflection on the way in which the wilderness is tamed through the castaway’s ingenuity and his imposition of imported cultural practices.