The ‘Translocation’ project arose from a tendency I had as a child to tell tall tales to classmates at school in Scotland. I changed schools constantly and, in an effort to make myself more interesting, I’d claim that I had been born and raised on an African farm surrounded by all sorts of exotic wildlife. Of course, this wasn’t the case at all and I had simply moved there from a nearby town. It did however have me imagining how these creatures would appear in the rural Scottish landscapes that I was familiar with.
This project has allowed me to indulge those early fantasies. I try to keep the storytelling aspect to a minimum because I want the viewer to interpret the images however they may see them… though I do try to incorporate a degree of humour and warmth. I also try to emphasise and interpret the visual and behavioral traits of the animals as I see them.