James Dewhirst BA (Hons) Photography

James Dewhirst

Rooted in Northern England, my photography meanders between natural and artificial landscapes, to question our paradoxical relationship to place. By applying phenomenological research, the work considers how our experience is bound to the lands history and our own memory. 

My final body of work 'Everyone Will Leave at Exactly the Same Time' encounters traces of things left behind against visible and intangible boundaries that shape our current human experience. Inspired by a cultural indifference to the environment now experienced in the UK, the work situates itself between the natural and artificial. Experimenting with the scale of the two elements against one another, the work explores themes of control over the landscape and the effect it has on our sense of place. Utilising a muted palette, warm but silent, the work evokes a feeling of falling into another’s dream.

This final body of work has been into a soft cover book, consisting of 27 images and a small piece of text.