Work in Progress
I think that quite a few Grahamstown people are going to recognise this tree. It’s one of my favourite subjects here in Sweden – and located only a short ten-minute walk from where I stay. It was a feature in my 2016 and 2017 Arts Festival Exhibitions where I mirrored its wonderful gnarly, twisty shapes so it looked like an other-wordly being in a forest temple  This time around I’ve worked on the image to make it much softer – like the Dream Forest images of Hogsback that were so popular in this year’s Festival.
I’m not sure that I have quite finished with the image – it really is a work in progress – but I like the way it’s coming along.


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.