I am interested in the dialogue between place-based rhythms of everyday life and processes of film practice; the tension between the bounded frame as a world of vision and dynamic senses of place. Recent work has focused on the north of England, investigating connections between people, cultures and the landscapes we dwell in, developing methods of film practice in dialogue with synergies of human-centred senses, concepts and contradictions of place. Not giddy yet aerial observed everyday activities in the Lake District, considering landscape as a sublime site of beauty and identity as well as a commodity which impacts on its resident community in multiple ways. The film series Caught in the Fabric of World explored entangled senses of place in the South Pennines as a pastoral ‘wilderness’ tied to northern England’s industrial histories, including landscape experience of Bradford Muslim communities; Brontë tourism at the alleged location of Wuthering Heights; the urban/rural interface of a Halifax housing estate, and the play of forces at the highest point of the M62 motorway. These films set out to address the relationship between concepts, aesthetics and materialities of landscape and documentary film, and proposed parallels between landscape’s tensions as both picture and place, subject and form, and documentary film as an art practice.
Screenings and exhibitions include London Short Film Festival; Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival; London International Documentary Festival; Ethnocineca International Film Festival Vienna; EMAF Germany; Tirana International Film Festival, Albania; Ethnografilm Paris; Manchester International Festival; Detroit International Film Festival, USA; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany; Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax; HOME, Manchester; The Wordsworth Museum, Cumbria; Holden Gallery, Manchester; Central Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, China; Residence Gallery, London.