Arcadia is a photographic project created within the Alver Valley Forest, an area of natural beauty near Gosport in Hampshire.
Throughout my childhood I walked through these woods with my parents, it is a place which holds many fond and magical memories for me. I am interested in how the landscape can evoke and revive such memories. I have started revisiting Alver Valley Forest as a place, searching for the magic I once felt, this feeling seems to reoccur in one particular spot. The photographs I make within this landscape are a response to this and an attempt to capture a sense of how the forest as a place, and my memories of it, seem to become entwined in the present.
My attempts to capture this complex relationship result in images that are less about portraying natural beauty of the landscape but responding to the hidden forces that are significant within it.