Royal Photographic Society
Contemporary Photography Genre - Fellowship Print Submission.
April 2022.
The Statement of Intent (SoI) below, does not directly explain my approach or why I have done what I have done.  Unorthodox, but the viewer should be able to sort this out, is curious and asks questions.  In fact, the SoI in this case is actually a question.  I have articulated this without capitals, punctuation, paragraphs etc. using a similar form of approach to some of James Joyce’s work. This is how I thought when in front of the subject(s). Not written or spoken communication but thought, I don’t use punctuation as such when I think (does anyone?), it just flows from one thought or idea into the other, sometimes two things or even more at once, the stronger ones taking priority and shifting as senses react.  A flow or 'stream of consciousness', expressed as a kind of panic, ending in a question rather than relief or comfort. There is an irony to all of this. Much care, time and consideration with image sequencing.  The developers invite people to live in a forest yet they chop the forest out to build the houses and estate.
OutForest.
the old forest boundary for hundreds of years and the lookout keeping guard can you see and the fence but further down another stalwart field marker is surrounded by dancing saplings and it is clear we have complex problems and this is all for show we need to live somewhere the fields are no good but the forest is inviting so let’s root them out and make a clearing and live there and our houses can have a motif on the gable like a tree high that will do but now the cracks appear and I see a new tree with other new grey ones behind with branches each that whirl in the wind and they make some light work somewhere but I can still just see glimpses of the forest so there is hope as I look one way and the saplings still dance around new houses celebrating their build not built and then the other way and the thin end of the wedge is cutting but I can rest on the bench made of one that was felled but it’s fine there’s another one nearby but then dividing and supported by another one felled and the saplings will restore and each fence upright dead stands memorial to those felled as I go around and around just circling until I see the end of the path and look there’s loads more to take out and I am directed towards the forest reach and from the shadows we can only see complex problems and it’s all for show and it is relentless and we are out of time and I am tired now on the OutForest and I am looking in do you follow what the lookout can see because who can it’s just not clear - is it?
the old forest boundary for hundreds of years and the lookout keeping guard
can you see and the fence
but further down another stalwart field marker is surrounded by dancing saplings
and it is clear we have complex problems and this is all for show
we need to live somewhere the fields are no good
but the forest is inviting so let’s root them out and make a clearing and live there
and our houses can have a motif on the gable like a tree high that will do
but now the cracks appear
and I see a new tree with other new grey ones behind with branches each that whirl in the wind and they make some light work somewhere but I can still just see glimpses of the forest so there is hope
as I look one way
and the saplings still dance around new houses celebrating their build not built
and then the other way and the thin end of the wedge is cutting
but I can rest on the bench made of one that was felled but it’s fine there’s another one nearby
but then dividing and supported by another one felled
and the saplings

will restore

and each fence upright dead stands memorial to those felled

as I go around and around just circling until I see

the end of the path and look there’s loads more to take out and I am directed

towards the forest reach and from the shadows

we can only see complex problems and it’s all for show

and it is relentless and we are out of time and I am tired now on the OutForest and I am looking in do you follow what the lookout can see because who can it’s just not clear

is it?


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