Camera: Hasselblad 501CM + Zeiss Planar 80mm
Film: Ilford HP5+
Developed & Scanned: Ilford
Location: Jersey, Channel Islands
“I live on a small island. Therefore I shoot the sea. It is important to do more than that though. It is important to have a love for what you shoot and to shoot for yourself. My series is therefore about my affinity with the landscape and how it is revealed and hidden by the incoming and outgoing tides.
A beach at low tide is an alien landscape. Often things are revealed that are timeless. Ancient rocks and sea creatures that have evolved through the constancy of the sea’s movement. Humans have tried to claim this part of the landscape but in time the sea will always claim it back.
I love that the sea is constantly changing as the tide rises and falls. At the same time, it is constant. The tides can be predicted. Also, it is timeless. Until the Sun begins to die the sea will always be there – making its daily journey advancing and retreating across space and time.
I am primarily a film photographer. Like many people I started shooting with film when I was much younger. I realised that I enjoyed taking photographs and loved the results of what I shot. At this time I lived in Ireland and was intrigued by the shape of the land. Much of Ireland’s countryside bears witness to the impact of glaciation during the Ice Age and a lot of it remains unspoilt. I didn’t really fall in love with photography then though – that came much later.
In my 20s, I decided to leave Ireland and began working in Jersey in the Channel Islands. Although Ireland is a relatively small island, Jersey is tiny at only 45 square miles. This was one of the things that I immediately fell in love with. You see the ocean on your way to and from work everyday – it is unavoidable. So it is no surprise that the sea has a major influence on my photography.
When I am taking photographs I look for simplicity. I want to find two or three elements that interact with each other. I don’t like clutter so I try to strip out anything that I consider unnecessary. I love minimalism and black and white is better than colour for this purpose. I like my images to be slightly abstract so long exposures work well for me. I always try to find something different. I do not want to shoot the same images as other people so I look for alternative angles and compositions.
Why do I use film? It is infinitely more beautiful than digital. Film cameras are simple to use and that simplicity helps me create beautiful, minimalistic and simple images.”