This body of work has been made in Hembury Woods, Nr. Buckfast in Devon. The Woods themselves are on National Trust land, the woods incorporate an Iron Age settlement, encapsulating the river Dart in the valley of Lichen-clad, ancient Oaks. For me personally the work is an investigation into many things. Including how I spend my recreation time, my escape from my grey dour concrete surroundings. The work starts to embrace the fragility and ephemera of nature, how nature intercepts the land. How humans intercept the land, and how humans can reconstruct from the reclamation of nature. The power of photography itself, how in that fraction of a second; what photography captures. How I use photography is as a tool to critique the environment. How I choose to make permanence by using film as the medium of my choice, although these photographs are pictorial, it is not my intention to romanticise the landscape, my photography is contemporary it is ‘As Is Now’ I want to represent things as I find them. Photography itself is a transformative medium. I choose to make the photographs using colour negative Kodak Porta 160 film with the aforementioned in mind. Rather than making my photographic exposures onto saturated transparency film. The work is made with a 1974 Fujica GM 670 coupled with a 100mm f3.2 lens; unlike digital equipment I anticipate that this camera will last the rest of my photographic career. As I fear of a digital dark age where everything crashes and decades of preciousness are lost in a fraction of a second. The polar opposite of what is achieved when I make a composition in front of the lens, select the aperture for depth of field, select a shutter speed either to freeze that moment in time, the one that is no more. Or with a slower shutter speed to paint with light, those traces of time, my permanent records on a negative. As I do know that the negative has been in use for almost 200 years. The traces of my foot prints in the land will be replenished by nature. Unlike the work of the forest management team that are crafting the wood land for many years of preservation, so that the wood land can be enjoyed by future generations. As will be the human Iron Age traces in the land; these traces will be evident long after I have left this Mortal Coil.
Simon Gomery was born in Plymouth, Devon, in 1968; he currently resides in Plymouth, Devon, The City of Dreams. He is a photography graduate, a qualified teacher, and an associate of The Royal Photographic Society. His other interests include, subculture, record collecting, training shoes, drinking tea, Rugby Union, he is a Plymouth Argyle supporter. He describes himself as a 24 carat Janner.
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