Malibu Lake Drive Dream, ongoing

For the past three years I’ve been working on a project, Malibu Lake Drive Dream, in which I examine the relationship between photography and the land, or rather the way photography can be used to create an experience of a place. My focus has been America’s West Coast, a heavily referenced landscape made familiar through still images, conceptual art, film and other types of popular culture such as computer games.

During the summer of 2013 I travelled extensively through California and made a body of images that reflected my response to a place I had, until then, only dreamt about and was familiar with through popular culture. I found

California to be an overwhelming and elusive place, and upon returning home

I wanted to find a way to further experience this landscape while at the same time reference my recent experiences there. I also wanted to embrace the preconceptions I’d had before visiting and which were still every much in my mind.

I began working with online digital mapping, video gaming technology, photography, photomontage and still life constructs to enable me to continue to explore this stretch of American coastline without physically being there. I was attracted by the freedom these tools gave me. They created a sense of being able to bend the laws of time and space, if only briefly. Spurred on by this idea of disconnected image-making, and not needing to be in a place to record it; I could be sitting in my studio in London and making images in LA at the same time, roaming in a video game world and capturing these moments photographically.