Photographer Alex Blackwell uses analogue photography processes to document the natural world, and those trying to save it. Trained as a geologist, his view of deep time shapes his work through his appreciation of the ancient processes, textures, and lithologies that dominate the Cornish landscape. He is also a keen proponent of sustainable darkroom processes, frequently using coffee as a photographic developer and stinking out his small Falmouth bathroom in the process.
His displayed work represents time spent in Falmouth under lockdown, during which he photographed the beaches and rocks in the local area. The work aims to highlight the beauty of otherwise neglected “boring old rocks”, and to document the ever changing seascapes covered and uncovered daily by ceaseless tides.
Currently, he is compiling a photo zine entitled Conscientious Protectors, focusing on the people who sacrificed so much to make themselves heard at London Extinction Rebellion protests in September 2020.
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