Rhododendron, Lamda print, 51x61cm, 2008
These works explore the need for a secret hiding place, a space we can retreat to and gather ourselves. Cryptic coloration is one of nature’s survival mechanisms, a widespread strategy for predatory or protective behaviour used by animals to hunt or hide. In human terms, camouflage evokes the boundary between the visible and the invisible, the public and the private, culture and nature.I am interested in revisiting mankind’s traditional use of camouflage as military and hunting aid as it seems to epitomise the way our society appropriates and consumes nature, often through mimicry. In the photographs it is not clear if the human figures are predator or prey. The series also points to the predatory aspect of looking and the connections between photography, mimesis and trickery.