I find that having a series of long running projects helps to sharpen focus. It is, of course, a delight to wander with a camera with no specific aim in mind other to react to what one sees. However, specific projects (like my ''stark nature'' project), mean that days where the place or the weather suit it, lead to style and vision complementing each other more comfortably. Thus, slowly, the aim of the project becomes clearer.
Sometimes such projects remain mere experiments - these can be valuable in themselves. A new camera technique may emerge, or a recognition that one's camera has technology that hasn't as yet been exploited. At other times, however, such projects transcend their humble beginnings and ambitions and amount to something much larger than the sum of the parts. And, as with my stark nature project, become an integral part of an exhibition.