Since 2012, I have traveled to Ireland, Germany, Norway, and Iceland to investigate my pastoral roots. When I arrived, I discovered that throughout history, my people and their land have been supported by these animals – goat, sheep and ram. These animals drove the economy for generations and were sources of income and sustenance. The hoofed animals are both banal and mythical. My attraction to these animals springs from an affinity for their calm presences and their innate functional beauty. They have been shaped by the landscapes they inhabit and the lives they lead, exploring across cultural boundaries and geographic lines. While I have spent most of my life on the move, much like these animals, but these animals taught me that roaming can sustain and anchor.
The compositions and lighting in my photographs are inspired from landscape painters Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Sidney Cooper, William Holman Hunt, and John Everett Millais along with photographers from the Pictorialist movement (1885 - 1915). In the classically pastoral, the human influence is benign and the attitude respectful, suggesting contentment. I am an environmental photographer, but I am not drawn to oil spills, unsightly encroachments, or scars on the land, but I am looking for the things humans effect nonetheless. I am interested in their domesticity and want to ask the audience the question: what makes a goat, sheep or ram? How have we influenced their evolution? What are they becoming? The question concerns why and how we have created this relationship with other species is a relationship that reflects intensively on humanity.