Most of my photography is undertaken close to home, which for me is the beautiful North-West Highlands of Scotland, and more specifically Wester-Ross.
I believe that photography is a form of expression. This has several implications; without knowing oneself, knowing the location, and understanding ones feelings towards a place, a photograph cannot express or communicate what I feel, it is purely a record shot. This approach has led me to a greater self awareness, including of how I feel about what I am photographing. I need to spend a lot of time in one location, often making several visits, before I take a camera out. I need to understand why I want to photograph it before I do so.
Many years ago I became disillusioned with simply filling my hard drive with 'one-off' photographs, linked by little more than geography. Creating sets of images, or collections, reinvigorated my photography. I now rarely take the 'serious' camera equipment out of the bag unless the image will fit within a series I am working on (or could be the start of a new series).
I find the concepts of genre and style limiting, and increasingly avoid classifying my photography. In my view, attempting to develop a 'style' is likely to result in the invention of a 'visual signature', whereas a true photographic style results from the expression of oneself in the photographs. It follows that ones style cannot be created by conscious effort to develop one; it will become apparent when your photographs are a true extension of your feelings. And, it can probably only be assessed by others?
Although I do not eschew colour photography, I find my private work tends toward black and white. In black and white I find the capacity to express whilst retaining simplicity and clarity. And, to me, it is difficult to surpass the visual and tactile rewards of a beautiful black and white image, well printed on top quality matt paper.
I believe that the best works of art are often the result of collaboration, either with other photographers or artists from other genres. My experience is that working with others to combine photography with, say, poetry, prose or music is highly satisfying and rewarding.