Dominated by its famous Rock, Gibraltar is a peninsula measuring approximately 2.6 square miles, and is one of the most densely populated territories in the world. Bordered to the north by mainland Spain and surrounded by sea on the remaining three sides, this tiny piece of overseas UK territory has been strategically significant for centuries, and long fought over due to its location at the gateway to the Mediterranean Sea.
Force and Flow is a photographic study of the Gibraltar landscapes as we see them today. The contemporary landscape of this peninsula bears many scars and traces which when meditated upon, can reveal to us so much more than its simplistic portrayal of Britain abroad. The cultural icons we all know and associate with this inimitable place only tell part of its story. It is rich with evidence of a tempestuous past both naturally and forcefully and this body of work looks to explore the coinciding of these powers.
Landscapes are the platform upon which we strive as humans. Our endeavours and undertakings, without doubt, leave their marks upon this stage. But landscapes are also an entity in their own right, an agent for themselves leaving their own imprint simultaneously to ours.
"I’ve always had a fascination with photographs initially as a physical object. I’d spend hours going through the family albums as a child. That fascination was also down to the ability of a photograph being able to hold a moment, as if the pause button had been pressed. I was also interested in the ability of a photograph to almost replace the memory of that moment in time itself, you recall the photograph of a moment rather than the moment itself".
The focus of Kate’s practice is surrounding documentative studies of landscapes. Through her work, she looks to explore the marks and traces found within the landscapes and what this can tell us about a place, its culture, identity and its history. The projects which Kate disseminates are always in a series-based format as this is the manner in which she seeks to unpack her own perspectives and convey her own visually interpreted narrative.
I made the decision a bit later on in life, and after having zero job satisfaction as a Payroll Manager, to return to University. I’d always wanted to achieve a degree and I decided to study photography as I knew I loved it but wanted to explore where it could go beyond that love of it, I was curious to see where it would take me. It was during my study that I found a real connection to storytelling through photography.
The project featured here with Tog Space is a work in progress, as are all my projects to a certain extent. The longer term aims for the project are to possibly look at a book in addition to exhibiting the work this summer in a few locations.