The Big Tree

We’ve spent the last three nights in Hogsback sleeping beneath The Big Tree. That’s not quite what it seems – one of my metal prints is above the bed in Helen’s Eco-Cabin! The weather was glorious, sunny days and starry nights, so I had plenty of opportunities for night photography and finding new photo locations for my Hogsback series.  It was really nice to see the first pictures in the series again: we hung them at at Wild Fox Hill Eco-Cabin three months ago. All 21 of the pictures in the series will be on show at the Carinus Art Centre throughout the National Arts Festival.


Roddy is a self taught photographer whose first camera, a Zeiss Ikon, was bought in 1974 from a second hand dealer in Glasgow. Through the forty years since then, he's taken landscape photographs with Pentax, Olympus and FujiFilm systems for his teaching and research as a geography academic at Kenyatta and Rhodes Universities. He has always been inspired by great nature and landscape photographers such as Nick Brandt, Beth Moon, Obie Oberholzer and Hans Strand. Since taking early retirement he has been able to pursue his passion for photography, published a photobook ’Symmetry in Nature and held three solo exhibitions at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa. 

His landscape photography is about light: often at low angles, of forests, mist and clouds, the night sky and lightning. He prints on different media depending on the affects he wants to produce: brushed aluminium for reflecting angled light; Hahnemühle German Etching paper for soft diffusion; Ilford Metallic Gloss for vibrant night pictures.

His conceptual photography uses mirroring and merging of layers to explore patterns, motifs and the feminine in nature.