This photograph is from my series the ‘Bastard Countryside. The series explores humanity encroaching on natural space, sometimes through wanton waste of resources, sometimes the gradual random destruction of habitats from the deadly pollution of rubbish; the vast mass of unwanted stuff which has nowhere else to go. But it also illustrates the dilemma for society trying to create new forms of energy that cause less destruction of the environment and less permanent damage; even ‘cleaner’ forms of energy production like wind turbines and solar farms alter the landscape and attract criticism.
For the last ten years I’ve been visited a lot of abandoned mines in North Wales.
The more underground places I explore the more it becomes apparent that these spaces or worlds if you like, have an unusual hold over me. They are addictive and continue to exist and grow in the mind long after one has returned to the surface. They provide sensory deprivation. In losing the ability of sight the others senses are heightened; and one feels alive. The challenge of creating a photograph in complete darkness underground is a testing experience. Ropes, harnesses and inflatable dinghies are needed and very long exposures with the help of a hand held torch are used to make the final image. Because I use large format film and long exposures there is also an element of chance in how the final image will turn out.
*This work is framed in a black box frame with a perspex window