INSIDE OUT: AN EXPATRIATE'S VIEWS
An emigrant is never quite at home. In one’s adopted country this is self-evident, but it is also the case in one’s country of origin. When I return ‘home’ from the United States, England seems familiar and distant, comfortable and claustrophobic, welcoming and disturbing. Old ideas of class, accent, education, region, nationality, and ethnicity now sit badly and Brexit has brought anti-immigration prejudices into the foreground.
On repeated visits to the UK I have looked for images that represent my conflicted responses to attitudes I cannot entirely escape and to exclusions that are partly self-inflicted. The photographs are from rural and small-town locations and emulate the formal tools of traditional black-and-white landscape photography. These methods acknowledge the nostalgia and sense of history which are integral to British self-perception and have been exploited by those leading the country away from the EU and into a hazardous and uncertain future.