Copyright 2007-2017

Weston Phoenix

In 2009 I photographed a fire at the Royal Pier Hotel. A small plume of smoke rising into the early morning sky. After the Icelandic volcano (Eyjafjallajökull) eruption in May 2010 which grounded flights across Europe, I watched the sun setting on the Dorville Hotel. It was an intense orange burning like a mythical fire. In September of the same year I photographed the Royal Pier Hotel for a second time, as it blazed and subsequently collapsed, and in 2012 I received an email from a Dutch collector who bought one of my photographs, informing me,

‘I had a fire in my house and lost nearly everything, your photo is one of the few items that survived.’

These events have come together and informed my ongoing work around the representation of buildings at the ends of their lives. This has taken the form of documenting with photography on location, and building cardboard models, which are often photographed through smoke and with references to fire. In essence it is a regeneration story about Weston-super-Mare, and with the clearing of the old, a new vision becomes possible.