Originally trained as a civil engineer, I went on to study photography, art history, and critical theory, obtaining my doctorate from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2003. My academic research is interdisciplinary in nature: it includes both visual and scholarly practice, and reflects interests which have developed over a 20-year period. As such, it encompasses a number of different fields that are bound together by a common theoretical and methodological focus. The legacy of my early training as a civil engineer, and of my own practice as a photographer, is a longstanding interest in the haptic and embodied dimensions of our relations with images and image-making technologies. More recently this interest has grown to incorporate ideas drawn from affect theory and cognitive neuroscience, and to explore ways that such approaches can broaden our understanding of our relationships with photographic images. Fashion photography, in particular, is an excellent platform for this line of inquiry, offering exceptional opportunities for examining the complex ways in which the body and the socius are bound together in the perception of images. My research into landscape photography - while drawing from disciplines such as architectural theory, human geography and political theory - also focuses on ways that the perception of landscape images is shaped and informed by embodied experience. In addition to my more theory-driven work, for the past three years I have also been working on a large-scale research project examining the recent (post-1970) history of landscape photography in the UK.
Current research interests
Fashion photography and fashion media Contemporary Landscape Photography History of Landscape Photography (post-1970) Visual Technologies and Embodiment.
Titles (since 2008) Emerging Landscapes: Between Production and Representation. (editor, with Davide Deriu and Krystallia Kamvasinou) London: Ashgate (forthcoming 2012).
'Fashion's Digital Body: Clothing, Embodiment and Interactivity in New Fashion Media', in Fashion Media: Interrogating Words and Images. London: Berg Press (forthcoming 2013).
'Uneasy bodies: affect, embodied perception, and contemporary fashion photography' in Carnal Aesthetics: Transgressive Imagery and Feminist Politics. Bettina Papenburg & Marta Zarzycka (eds), London: I.B. Tauris (2012).
'Video Games and the Digital Sublime', in Digital Cultures and the Politics of Emotion: Feelings, Affect and Technological Change. Athina Karatzogianni and Adi Kuntsman, eds. London: Palgrave-MacMillan (2012) [originally published in Tate Papers Issue 14, 2010].
'Playing for the camera: Huizinga's Homo Ludens, technology, and the playful body in fashion photography' in Images in Time. Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir and Michael A. Langkjær (eds). Wunderkammer Press (2011).
'Something in the Air: the Landscape Photography of John Myers', in John Myers (exhibition catalogue). Birmingham: Ikon Gallery, 2011.
Fashion as Photograph: Viewing and Reviewing Images of Fashion. London: I.B. Tauris, 2008.
'Video Games, Emotion, and the Six Senses', in Media, Culture and Society, Volume 30, No. 6 (November 2008).
For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.