DOWN TO EARTH

As a successful graduate of Edinburgh's Napier University, and in an effort to inspire current graduates, I was invited to show my work as part of the 2012 BA Photographic Studies degree show.
The following four images were selected for the exhibition.
Sailing, Singapore, 1996
This dramatic image formed part of a self-promotional piece and resulted in several commissions from many leading outdoor clothing companies, most notably Berghaus and Sprayway.
Ice-climber, Norway, 1997
Commissioned by Sprayway Outdoor clothing, this image of the great Norwegian ice champion Andreas Haslestead won the Observer Outdoor Photographer of the Year.
Conwy (man and dogs) 2006
A realisation of the quality, and creative possibilities of digital technology.
Where My Plant Pot Was (aka Finding Higgs Boson), June 2009

This photograph shows the marks left behind after moving a plant pot.

The image describes the effects of gravity; the circle created by the weight of the pot, the spinning motion that created the pot, and the random dispersion of particles as they hit the ground.

Visually this image could be seen as sub-atomic particles orbiting a nucleus, or at the other end of the scale a planetary system caught in space.

Reader in Photography, Robin Gillanders commented:
"the very mundane action of moving a plant pot has been related to the complex theorem of 'Higgs Boson'. The addition of the title lifts the picture conceptually from simply a formal composition to another level altogether. It is a photograph of marks left behind after moving a plant pot, but it is about the action of gravity".

Taking a step back and searching for a common thread that links these images together, one can see that the force of gravity has been used to good effect in the creation of all of these images; the tension in the sailing boat on the verge of capsize,the ice-climber hacking out of the crevasse, the leap of the dog, the ripples and tidal effects of the sea on the beach, and finally, the intrigue and narrative created by the simple act of lifting and moving a plant pot. That universal force that bindsus together is on full view here, in all its different facets and permutations. The title Down to Earth refers to this idea, but is also a nod to the return to Napier where I studied.

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