In this series of photographs I have asked writers if they have a 'Place in Mind'.
I then take a photograph of that place and send the result to them. They write 350 words that stand beside the photograph.
I photograph with a keen interest in this sense of place. The camera I use is a 10x8 inch plate camera which has the ability to drink in the scene in front of it. The process is gentle and I try to take one single exposure. The resulting photograph has enormous detail and a strong ability to convey this sense of being 'there'.
The aim is to provide a level of dialogue between photographer and writer which goes just beyond the idea of one simply illustrating the other. The strength of place and the sure-footedness of the photograph, I hope, allow the writer really to explore an idea about that place.
This project runs parallel to an ongoing series based on my own ideas idea of Place in Mind; photographs of places that belong as much in the mind as they do in reality. I am interested in the final work's ability to transcend the strong sense of reality it portrays.