I have been lucky enough to spend my whole life so far living in the Lake District and have grown very fond of the area. For this reason, I knew at the beginning of my final year that I wanted the Lakes to feature in my project in some way. I began by photographing sublime and picturesque landscapes (which is what I went on to write about for my dissertation) but after a few months it felt as though the work wasn't progressing and it wasn't quite the sort of thing my tutors were looking for as part of a degree.
Then, in December 2015, Storm Desmond struck and caused unbelievable amounts of flooding all across Cumbria. When I returned home (I was at uni when the floods happened) I could feel the sadness in the air and the sense of loss left behind after the chaos. It really hurt me to see my hometown so devastated, and without realising it I began to photograph the flood waters and what they had left behind. I had initially gone out to shoot places from my childhood and focus the work on memories and nostalgia, but when heading back to uni after the Christmas holidays I suddenly realised that all my images seemed to be of water in some form.
This was when I had my breakthrough and soon the project was in full swing, exploring the dynamic element of water as a metaphor for change, exploring the feelings involved when you realise places from your childhood never really stay the same, and the world is constantly evolving.
Here is a small sample of the images from the book - please see my project page for more!
Please come and join us for the opening night of the exhibition on Friday 10th June, from 6pm in the Students Union at the University of Huddersfield - it's free entry and there will be a whole range of work on show!
If you can't make the opening night, the exhibition will also be open 9.30am - 5.30pm from Saturday 11th June - Friday 24th June so there's plenty of opportunity to come and have a look!
I look forward to seeing some of you there!