Will Woods

Will Woods

Wanderings and Wonderings

The images that comprise Wanderings and Wonderings series are a development from studies and journeys made around the peripheral landscape. This latest work draws from a similar source of fringe areas that remain seemingly detached from urban identities and habitations.

Wanderings and Wonderings employs a methodology similar in its use to that of aerial mapping to source, identify and research specific locations that form a backdrop for events I have imagined. Through the evidence of layered palimpsests depicting histories recent to the landscape the uses of space can be charted. The drama of economic change and regeneration is the setting for the recreation of contemporary narratives, as once failed landscapes become ennobled. These constructed human interventions within the ‘Terrain vague’ appear at odds with the adaptations of place over time; the revised landscape, like its inhabitants, becomes fragmented and disjointed.

My fascination with photography’s chance encounters, with repeat visits and with contrivance, is also inspired by external influences which have shaped my life, such as historical fine art painting and cinema, media that have led me to an interest in allegorical narrative. Using photography I seek revelatory encounters that may elevate the ‘overlooked’ landscape into a considered study, a form of history painting, allowing an interplay between the dualities of photographic rigour and serendipity.

Will received a BA in Documentary and Fine Art Photography from Stockport University in 2008. His personal work comprise of studies of the peripheral landscape and human interactions, both as documents of community or when private encounters take place: transforming the ‘overlooked’ and commonplace. His assignment documentary images have been published in the Telegraph Magazine, Flux and Cheshire Life. He has exhibited widely at UK venues including Cube Gallery, The Cornerhouse, Manchester and his work is held in private collections in the UK and America. He currently has a solo exhibition of recent work at Central Gallery in Tameside and is represented by Bill Charles, Gallerystock in London and New York.



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