My practice draws from aspects of art history to explore the natural landscape. I am particularly interested in ideas of the sublime within 18th Century Romantic landscape painting and how this can be applied to contemporary photography. The sublime is historically used to describe images which show the force and scale of nature (for example mountains or storms) and their ability to conjure strong emotions such as awe or terror. My images draw on the writings of philosopher Immanuel Kant, exploring how the sublime can also be found within open, undefined spaces.
My work uses the North Norfolk coast to explore this sense of boundlessness, focusing on a 10 mile stretch of the coastline from Cley-next-the-Sea to Holkham, taking the viewer on a journey through the varied topographies of this landscape. An important aspect of the sublime is its ability to create an emotional response within the viewer, creating a heightened experience of the landscape; these images aim to capture the sense of isolation found within these indistinct spaces on the edge of the landscape.