Description An old Turkey Oak tree silhouetted against a rising sun on the Public Golf course in front of the Mansion at Beckenham Place Park, Lewisham. This work formed part of a sequence of photographs taken in Beckenham Palce Park, to record the changing weather and seasons through the year. This park is the largest green space in the borough of Lewisham, covering 96 hectares, with large areas of ancient woodland ideal for informal woodland walks. The park is an important wildlife site and it also makes up part of the South East London Green Chain Walk and the regional Capital Ring. Tennis, golf and football are all played here and the Mansion House, a Grade II listed building, houses the golf clubhouse.
John Gaffen, London Member Since June 2010 Artist Statement I am a professional photographer living in South East London. I am a member of a Tea Leaf Arts, a co-operative, artist led, gallery in Brockley, Lewisham. Subjects that interest me the most, include modern and classical architecture, nature, rural life, landscapes and seascapes. My art practice centres around nature and the passing of the seasons. I have been involved in a long-term project to record a photographic essay of Beckenham Place park, with an emphasis on different weather and light conditions encountered through the cycle of the seasons.
More recently I have become interested in using my photographs to create abstract works, based on surface textures and patterns of man-made objects and architectural details.