John Kiely

Whole plate plain glass ambrotype from the 'Precious' series.

Whole plate plain glass ambrotype from the 'Precious' series.

Half plate plain glass ambrotype from the 'Creative Spaces' series

From the Coastal series in which I explore the transition area from land to sea. This not only looks at the interaction between man and te environment but also how this geographical change can also produce the more dramatic climatic conditions.

From the Coastal series in which I explore the transition area from land to sea. This not only looks at the interaction between man and te environment but also how this geographical change can also produce the more dramatic climatic conditions.

From the Without Concept series in which I approached shooting without a preconceived concept. This series was influenced by the work of Friedlander, Shore and Babybird.

From the Without Concept series in which I approached shooting without a preconceived concept. This series was influenced by the work of Friedlander, Shore and Babybird.

From the Without Concept series in which I approached shooting without a preconceived concept. This series was influenced by the work of Friedlander, Shore and Babybird.

Taken from the In a Rut book. I spent the winter of 2018 travelling in Southern Spain and the Algarve region of Portugal looking for inspiration to lift my work out of the rut that it had become entrenched in.

Taken from the In a Rut book. I spent the winter of 2018 travelling in Southern Spain and the Algarve region of Portugal looking for inspiration to lift my work out of the rut that it had become entrenched in.

From the Echoes of Ritual seriesTrawsfynydd Power Station was the first inland civil Magnox nuclear power station. It opened in 1965 and ran for twenty six years. It drew its cooling water from the adjacent Llyn Trawsfynydd. The power station is

From the Echoes of Ritual seriesCoed Cae Fali is a woodland situated towards the end of the Vale of Ffestiniog in North Wales. It was part of the ancient Maentwrog forest but is now mainly coniferous trees with a scattering of old broad leafs such

From the Echoes of Ritual seriesCoed y Nursery (Nursery Woods) is near Tremadog in North Wales, UK. It was planted between 1800 and 1806 with mainly beech and birch as a source of materials for shipbuilding. Production ceased in 1920 but the area

From the Echoes of Ritual seriesBrookfields is a small semi wild area in Mossley, a small mill town in the north west of England. There is very little documentation about this area but it was believed to be divided into small allotments where mill

From the second section of the Precious series in which I examine objects that would once have been important to people but can now be bought for pence at car boot sales.

From the second section of the Precious series in which I examine objects that would once have been important to people but can now be bought for pence at car boot sales.

From the second section of the Precious series in which I examine objects that would once have been important to people but can now be bought for pence at car boot sales.

The Rite to Roam. Through organised trespass and protests the right to access rural locations was achieved. This was later expanded in the year 2000 to give people the right to roam on open hills and moorland, with exceptions. Gradually this is bei

The Rite to Roam. Through organised trespass and protests the right to access rural locations was achieved. This was later expanded in the year 2000 to give people the right to roam on open hills and moorland, with exceptions. Gradually this is bei

The Edge of Land. With the rise in global temperatures the border between the land and water becomes an increasing cause for concern. Higher tides accompanied by more severe winter storms is leading to increased erosion of our coastal borders. This

John Kiely

I am a landscape and antiquarian photographer living in the North West of England.  My main interest in the landscape is the historical industrial interaction with man.  This includes ‘Forest Nation’, in which I explore the forest environment relating it to the myths and legends that develop our reactions to them.   New projects include ‘Homestead’  where I visit the locations on Ordinance Survey maps that are makes as Homestead, Hut Circle, etc.  There is often no instantly recognisable traces of the remains of man in these locations, so the viewer is invited to visually explore the environment looking for the clues of habitation.  In ‘Once There Were Men’ the ritualistic remains of industry are more obvious.

I am a landscape and antiquarian photographer living in the North West of England. My main interest in the landscape is the historical industrial interaction with man. In addition to my practical work I run Purlieu Photography, where I run a variety of practical workshops, offer studio and darkroom hire and an exhibition space for photographers interested in alternative and historical processes. It features a wet and dry darkrooms and a studio / exhibition space.  The workshop is equipped with enlargers up to 10×8, a range of studio lighting and processing facilities which include wet collodion.

My work has been exhibited widely and I have been featured in several books and publications, plus I now have four books published featuring idividual projects.

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