My work studies tides, clouds, the changing and evolving patterns of species. Things in the natural world move in a huge variety of different speeds relative to the human world; geological time, the seasons, the path of the sun or the appearance and behaviour of a mammal relative to a bird. When I immerse myself in these different timescales and lose my sense of time I gain the sense of a greater context with intricate connected structures, cycles, values and relationships. After studying a landscape over days, tracking the nuances of light, the wind’s breath or the behaviour of the animals who live there, I discover new-found intimacy and compassion for that space.
I recognise that there is nothing avant-garde or ground-breaking about being drawn to nature, it is an ancient impulse which we all feel in different ways. I do however believe that it is maybe more crucial than ever to foster this relationship in our modern world. In contrast to the indoors, the outdoors is a dynamic and moving space which keeps you fitter and in a much healthier, clearer state of mind. Recent studies by The University of Plymouth, Exeter and Derby have shown that nurturing connection to nature not only benefits an individual’s wellbeing but it fosters our care for the environment and for society.