Estuary England is the first part of a continuing series of films tentatively titled Zones of Change, exploring themes surrounding the disjointed development of the Thames Gateway region. Using Photography, sound, and moving image to act as a portal to read and experience the landscape, the film explores the area surrounding the Queen Elizabeth II crossing at West Thurrock and investigates the notion of the pull of a contemporary 'empire of London' in its surrounding satellite towns.
These films will attempt to extend, and explore the way we see the marginal landscape and extend that understanding at part of a multi-modal engagement. Working on the area known as the Thames Gateway I will create and collect a range of materials from moving image, photography, field recordings, aural histories, and interviews with practitioners and academics, and archival materials, leading to the creation of a series of spatial ethnographic films under the title 'Zones of Change'.
These films will form a cross-disciplinary reading of place and be informed by an experiential methodology of both ethnographic and auto ethnographic methods.
Through examining both landscape theory and my own experience of an embodied approach to landscape, my work examines not only the potential of photography to act as a portal to read and experience the landscape whole, but also the practice and process of making photographs phenomenologically.
The film has been shown at both the Tate Britain and the British Library to support major conferences on visual urbanism, as well as academic events both at home and abroad. It was also shortlisted by the AHRC for their tenth anniversary film award, in the category 'best film by an AHRC/AHRB- funded doctoral student since 1998'. The judging panel said "a poised and highly accomplished film that leaves the viewer with an insight into the subject but eager to see more".