This is the flood barrier separating the River Foss from the larger River Ouse in York. In December 2015, this barrier failed, allowing floodwaters from the Ouse to back up the Foss for the first time since 1982. This contributed to the flooding, making the 2015 floods the worst in York in a generation. With a city like York, sitting on a river such as the Ouse, we need to be able to learn from this, and adapt, so that our defenses improve. At the same time, we need to realise that we are not the masters of this world – nature is. Nature is not to be conquered, it is to be lived with.
Landscape photography is an exercise in collaboration with nature. When I go out to shoot, I am not taking pictures of the world. I am working with the world to create something beautiful. That is what gives it meaning for me. Every image that I take is one that has been given to me by nature. If that sounds like spiritual nonsense to you, then maybe it is, but it’s my spiritual nonsense, and it’s what drives me to explore the world as I do.