Black Dots is a project that I've wanted to do since Spring 2013. I was in the midst of my final degree year and was busy shooting The Militarisation of Dartmoor series. It was a definite period of uncertainty and I wasn't even sure whether or not photography was something I should continue after graduation - the thought of having a "normal job" and all the reassurances that come with it was quite appealing, yet I still found myself dropping a few hundred pounds in Kodak's direction and striking off onto the moors for days on end to shoot images of observation posts and bullet casings.
Thankfully, the hours spent falling victim to Dartmoors micro-climate paid off and the work was well received. I landed my first solo show at a beautiful gallery on the edge of the National Park, had the work published in numerous magazines and won the South West Graduate Photography Prize leading to a commission to create "The 5000 Island Forest". At the same time, I was able to phase out the pint-pulling and began freelancing as a retoucher, before taking on a full time position shooting commercially in a studio in Devon.
During this time, Black Dots remained nothing more than a few scribbles in a notebook and incoherent post-it notes. But as I slowly managed to regain the momentum I'd built up at university, the ideas resurfaced and the project became more of a reality. The size of the project, the type of terrain that needs to be covered and my desire to capture a certain type of light means that this isn't going to be a short project. It's going to take me to some of the most remote parts of the United Kingdom - the last remaining areas of wilderness.
Here's to the next two years...