Daniel Lee

A 2019 Highly Commended MA Photography graduate selected by Photograd.

University: University of Hertfordshire

Website: www.danielmblee.com

Artist Statement: The work for this project was made in three zones; Ketton Quarry, an active cement works, Pooley Country Park, a former colliery, and areas on the outskirts of towns known for fly tipping.

My motive for choosing these locations was predicated upon them being man marked landscapes. I wanted to explore themes of geography, land use, pollution and traces of human activity in and through these places. I envisaged my work would function as a window on the public resonance and meaning of these sites referencing social, environmental, and geographic concerns. Simultaneously, I was interested in these places as a mirror. How do I connect with these spaces in the moment of photographing? How is a relationship with place informed by craft, beauty, prior experience and place identity?

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