Image-making is a necessary part of my own process of making sense of life in our sometimes beautiful, but often insane world. In my ‘parallel life’ as global consultant in participatory development in Africa, Asia and Latin America I meet many wonderful, inspiring people. I see stunningly beautiful scenery – human rural and urban landscapes as well as ‘wild natural’ remote environments. I also see many shocking examples of violence, exploitation, environmental degradation, waste and powerlessness. The more I travel, the more questions I bring back about life at home – where are our ‘developed’ lives trying to get to, why and at what cost? My image-making is a way of working through the darker side to come out the other end and ‘look on the bright side of life’.
I work in a range of media combining drawing, printmaking, photography, collage, painting and digital media. Some of my work is experimental, exploring different media and effects in response to a wide range of briefs.
Alongside my own artistic practice I support processes for collaborative art, photography, video and web communications as part of peoples’ own documentation of their lives.
Zemni Images website.
This SMUGMUG site also shows ways of purchasing my work
This blog focuses on my visual documentary projects ‘Living on the Edge’ developed for Open College of the Arts Visual Communications BA degree ‘Sustaining Your Practice’ final module. See:
For the 10 Derive projects click on the links below.
1: Cambridge Edgelands:
In Search of the Wild
Garden of Mindfulness
2: East Anglia:
2.1 Losing Edges: Norfolk Coast Road
2.2 Colours of Shingle
2.3 Aldeburgh Diaries
3: Going North:
On the Edge of Sublime
(forthcoming Spring 2022)
For media-specific portfolios with details of processes, techniques and inspiration, see the blog links below. (all to be updated with material from this module by September 2022).