I am a self taught photographer whose first camera, a Zeiss Ikon, was bought in 1974 from a second hand dealer in Glasgow. Through the forty years since I’ve taken landscape photographs with Pentax, Olympus and FujiFilm systems for my teaching and research as a geography academic. I have always been inspired by great nature and landscape photographers such as Nick Brandt, Beth Moon, Obie Oberholzer and Hans Strand. Since taking early retirement I have been able to pursue my passion for photography and published a photobook ’Symmetry in Nature’ and held three solo exhibitions at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa. I’ve recently opened an online store – roddythefox.co.za – where selected pictures are available for purchase and download. My highlight of 2018 was winning the WESSA Heritage Day Photo Competition with ‘Oldenburgia’.
My landscape photography is about light: often at low angles, of forests, mist and clouds, the night sky and lightning. These pictures are featured at the National Arts Festival and I often showcase them in a blog post like Grahamstown in Black and White; The Hogback Series; More Metal. I print on different media depending on the affects I want to produce: brushed aluminium for reflecting angled light; Hahnemühle German Etching paper for soft diffusion; Ilford Metallic Gloss for vibrant night pictures.
My conceptual photography uses mirroring and merging of layers to explore patterns, motifs and the feminine in nature. The Symmetry Series are mirrored motifs created from images of trees, aloes, grass and sky. Where I have gone further, and projected a motif on to a female model, this allows for exploring the feminine form as it merges with, and emerges from, nature.