I’ve been following Dan’s work for some time now, and greatly admired not only the quality of his photography but also the level of thought behind each project. Dan obviously researches his subject and concept thoroughly, leading to a strong narrative thread running through his work. In his series Drake’s Folly he mixes carefully observed and composed landscapes with strong, engaging portraits, to tell a little known and fascinating story of people and the land. Dan chooses to work predominantly in soft, overcast conditions with a subtle colour palette. This combined with thoughtful editing has resulted in, for me, a very strong body of work.
Alastair’s work is new to me. I’m sensing from his interview that his projects tend to develop as he goes along – he has a strong urge to create new work and then see what emerges from it, an approach I can very much relate to. Alastair is drawn to overlooked, marginal places, and there is a stillness and air of melancholy to his work - carefully crafted compositions which encourage the viewer to linger, savouring the details of each image. Quiet & haunting work – wonderful!
Finally I have chosen Dulcie and her project Familiar Gardens. The series aims to show the therapeutic nature of gardening and garden spaces, a subject which is clearly very important to her. While exploring issues around mental health and her own family relationships, Dulcie has created a sensitive and beautiful series of photographs that celebrate the joy of gardening and it’s ability to heal and bring people together. To me it’s brave and honest photography – an intimate glimpse into a very personal subject, handled (and spoken about) in a very positive way.