Taken from a project called "The flowers are blooming again" about the search for a safe space or "home" in a hostile and alien environment.
Inspired by Andrei Tarkovskys film Stalker, in particular the central characters view that the dangerous terrain of the Zone feels more like home to him than the city /country in which he lives.
These images are part of my own journey to find a place that feels like home in an intimidating environment.
The Project "The flowers are blooming again" is about the search for a safe space or "home" in a hostile and alien environment. It is inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky's film Stalker an adaptation of Boris and Arkady Strugatskys novel "Roadside Picnic".
In particular a scene in which the main characters responds to his wife when she warns that he will get sent back to prison by saying "prison is everywhere for me". For the Stalker the hostile environment of the zone is more like home to him despite its dangers than the society we live in.
I grew up in the Yorkshire Wolds, an area I love deeply and which is dominated by history, natural beauty and farm and woodland.
Around 10 years ago I moved to Yarm in Teesside, an environment that is a complete contrast to that of the Wolds with its heavy industry and power stations. Its a place I've struggle to warm to and at times find quite intimidating. These images are a way of looking at the landscape in a different way and finding a place I can feel safe.
These images were taken earlier this summer in the South Gare/Redcar area on the Yorkshire coast. A Haar (or Fret ) had swept in from the North Sea. but despite this people remained on the beach in their deckchairs, playing games, eating their picnics and walking their dogs.
I find mist and fog fascinating and magical as it transform the landscape,objects, people and wildlife within it to become phantoms slipping in and out of view and obscuring their forms. The dominating hulk of the decaying Redcar steel works becomes an other worldly sci-fi realm that fires up the imagination