I thought it was about time I wrote down a few words in relation to my most recent work; Myrkvifiörd. So I'll start from the beginning!
During 2017, my photography was in a state of flux. Not in a negative way, more a combination of exhaustion after Partition, not having the need for the meditative nature of my photography and not being able to find work that I was interested in. However, as the year developed, the requirement to find something grew.
So, what was the photography specification I was after? Something closer to home was required. Young family and limited time meant that this was essential. I also wanted a diverse subject matter. Not too loose in that it became vague, but broad enough to allow self-nterpretation and creativity. The search began, both visually and mentally for a project that fitted the above criteria, but more importantly an assignment that would excite me.
And here we are, with the Firth of Forth and all that it brings being the focus of my efforts over the coming 18 months. I'm now 6 months in and the direction of the work is starting to take hold. The work so far is providing a fairly accurate general picture of the diverse landscape that Forth holds.
What is the Firth of Forth anyway? Well it's geographic identity is one of a fjord. It lies on the eastern side of Scotland, with its main population in the capital city of Edinburgh. However it is much more than the holder of Scotland's second biggest city. It contains a diverse landscape both physically and demographically. It is the epicenter of industry, economy and tourism; aswell as little elements of everything thrown inbetween. It is home to thousands of people, dozens of towns and villages and the home to a multitude of wildlife.
The name Myrkvifiörd is the old Norse name for the Forth. It also contains in the title the geographic feature that it describes. So it's a title I used as it identifies with its form, has heritage but also provides slight intrigue into the work.
I've shown a few images below. If I'm honest, most are sketches. They demonstrate the intense level of research of the miles of coastline and islands that require to be explored. Some may get used in the final work, but most will be re-shot or left alone for a long time.
Let's see where the whole thing takes me... However I'm enjoying the whole process thoroughly.