Graduating from the University of York in Archaeology and History in 1984, I entered professional archaeology. For twenty years now I have lived and worked here in Norfolk as a field archaeologist, editor and researcher, specialising in prehistory and the ancient countryside.
More recently, encouraged by Imogen, I have also worked as an artist, recording my impressions of the landscape of my adopted county in summer and winter, and by day and night.
- In my work in archaeological research and interpretation, I seek an objective view of the past. My job is to ensure that factual information is verified, archaeological claims can be substantiated (somehow or another!) and arguments are presented in a balanced manner.
- As an artist I wish to remain faithful to the thoughts, memories, impressions and fantasies that come to me as I travel across the landscape. This is a completely different discipline. Subjectivity is everything, and I feel responsible only to myself.
But is the second path necessarily easier to follow than that of the researcher and editor?
These images are specific to various places I have visited or worked at, most of them ancient sites. They have been shown at various exhibitions, notably at the Norwich Fringe Festival, at SLASH 2007 (St Margaret's church, Norwich), at SAW 2011 (Salthouse Church, Norfolk) and at the University of East Anglia (Self Spirit Surroundings, 2010).