I've just about finalised my images for the Northern Exposure exhibition at the Portico Library and Gallery in Manchester this July. I am going to exhibit six images in a series called Earthworks, which explores the relationship between human activity and landscapes, in particular landscapes that might now be considered wild, natural, or at least peacefully rural, but which have been subject to great upheaval and change in the past. Where traditional landscapes--especially Romantic landscapes--often contextualise the human in terms of the landscape, my aim here is to do the opposite. Here viaducts, canals, quarries and mines provide a context for the landscape by emphasising its "made" or intruded-upon state.
I have set up a web page and gallery for the images I will be exhibiting and I'll post more information when it appears, but for now, the exhibition runs from 3-30 July, with a private view on Friday 3 July.
As a sidenote, I've just realised that without intending it to work out that way, all six of the images I've chosen were taken using the highly underrated Sigma DP2 Merrill camera I bought last year.