The Photographers' Gallery, London.The Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York
London College of Communication (University of the Arts)Lancaster University
Born Liverpool, 1963.
Having become engaged by nature at an early age before seeing how the natural world suffered at the expense of 1980's corporate profit - I was led into fundraising for an environmental pressure group. Increasing awareness of the fragility and preciousness of nature drew me closer still to the landscape.
The work formerly dependent upon a transient lifestyle alludes to universal Romantic themes, allied to an environmental sensibility. Each seeks to illustrate the frail residue of the contemporary wilderness through reduced visions of the sublime within localised nature.
Examination is given to the space between the world that people inhabit and that which nature still claims as its own. The current series 'Aspects of Cosmological Indifference' is a post apocalyptic allegory of nature’s renewal regardless of human folly.
Work has gained increasing international recognition through solo shows at the Photographers’ Gallery in London (2007, 2009 and 2013), at the Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, in 2010 and 2015, the Ulsan International Photography Festival, South Korea 2013 and as an exhibitor at 'Earth' The Houston Biennial Fotofest in 2006 as well as in ‘Landscape,’ the 5th International Photo Festival in Seoul (South Korea) 2005. Work is included in the public collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, amongst others.
Photographer Nicholas Hughes gives us richly detailed, dark and moody images of nature, as seen by a modern urban-dweller in the UK.