Approved: 27.05.2013

Ben West

Artist, Web developer

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Approved: 27.05.2013

Landscapes increasingly bear the artefacts of culture and development, and the amount of nature that is free from discernible human influence has diminished. My practice explores and defines the traces within the fabric of the natural landscape of mans economic and political interaction, with the work invariably being encoded with the symbols of human intervention. Integral to my work is experimentation

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Biography

Landscapes increasingly bear the artefacts of culture and development, and the amount of nature that is free from discernible human influence has diminished. My practice explores and defines the traces within the fabric of the natural landscape of mans economic and political interaction, with the work invariably being encoded with the symbols of human intervention. Integral to my work is experimentation and collation, and inspired by the principles of natural observational science, I employ digital surface scanning, and the direct placement of artefacts into the landscape as tools, alongside more traditional photographic techniques. On occasions I openly manipulate the photographic space using montage and collage, where I construct and deconstruct found and collected materials, which are fragmented, lost, or unwanted. My passion for recording and documenting changing and altered environments transcends the very different media I employ. Whether I photograph a landscape, digitally scan an area, construct a collage, or grow plants under glass, I am ultimately interested in how we continue to interact with, and impact our natural surroundings with technological, economic, and political developments.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2003 - PG Dip. Photography: Crictical Practice, University College Falmouth, Cornwall 1996 - Ba(Hons) Graphic and Media Design, London College of Printing, London