|The Lead Mines
(Edinburgh, June 2010)
people in sight, this passageway takes on a slightly ominous
quality. The high vaulted ceiling with its gothic associations
reaches towards us and the darkness, whilst beyond lies a distant,
better lit area.
The repeated regression of frames
within frames and repeating doorways suggests opportunity, promise
and uncertainty in equal measure.
I made my first ever visit to the
Isle of Man in 2008 and was fascinated not only by the
ubiquitous self-branding of the island, but the fusion of
Celtic/Pagan faiths and Christianity.
The church at Onchan is very striking, with sharp pointed
angularity and a rich graveyard.
A shot included more because of
what it is rather than any great statement. A document of a changing
location. The builing in Wardour Street, London, still bears the
name given to it by its former occupants Hammer Film Productions
Ltd, during the 60s and 70s. Hammer had premises in the are going
back to the 1930s, although the site has now long been abandoned
by the company. The downstairs rooms are now an Oddbins off-license
and a Toni & Guy Hairdressers.
(Belfast, April 2007)
I was privileged enough to spend an
afternoon at the Maze prison in Belfast, guided round by an
When you come from Belfast, no
matter what your political views, you can't help but be affected by
the remnants of the prison and the infamous H-blocks. I took
something like 500 frames, recording a once in a lifetime
(Belfast, April 2007)
The Northern Irish government has
advanced plans to pull down most of the prison and turn it into a
sports stadium. But the space is fascinating, and for my money ought
to be preserved as is - an eerie atmospheric shell. Let the ghosts
of the past haunt it. It doesn't need to become a political mecca.
Most striking are rooms like this -
the pool room - which could almost have been abandoned yesterday.
|The Weather Project
The greatest thing about the Tate
Modern is the Turbine Room, a vast space which has been filled
with a number of brilliantly challenging pieces. Graham Duff had
mentioned the Weather Project as a must-see to me, and said it
was very Quatermass-like. How fitting then that the Tate Modern
was chosen as the setting for the climax of the 2005 BBC 4 version
of The Quatermass Experiment.
The Weather Project was sublime,
eerie and 100% interactive. Wonderful to sit on the floor with
everyone else, watching your reflection far above through the
This is one of a number of frames
I took from the exhibit. It captures the mist, the strange barren
landscape, the vivid sun-like light and the art lovers, who look
as if they are basking in some post-apocalyptic sun.
(Belfast, circa June 1997)
I compiled the "toilet" series on a
semi-regular basis. Men's bathrooms are generally off-limits to the
opposite sex, and in this example (at a boys grammar school -
Campbell College Belfast) to people of a certain age.
Uniform, and yet rather decadent...
This black and white print from a 35mm negative, has been tainted by
the chemicals in processing. Giving it a feel which for me has
always been in keeping with my impression of men's public toilets.
(circa. April 2000)
A potentially humorous image.
I snapped these two wheelbarrows in the building area of an extension
to the hotel I was then working part-time as a kitchen porter
in. The place was a mess, and yet they kept serving food - even
after they found the asbestos in an adjacent room, separated by
a plastic sheet...
The barrows had been left by the builders in this position. To
me it speaks of the basic mechanics of sex...