I was born in Brighton, on the south coast of England, but have lived in London for many years. Forever torn between the city and the sea, I find both a source of inspiration.
I’m interested in particular periods and styles of domestic architecture which is why houses feature so often in my images – not grand houses, but houses with character, imbued by the original architect or by the combined sensibilities of their many owners. I love houses that have faces and personalities and I feel like I’m taking their portrait.
Although I come from a background of street photography I’ve always been drawn to the visual quirks in the landscape, which can range from the extremely mundane to the more extraordinary. I’m always looking, scanning, searching obsessively for something that seems out of place, even in its very everydayness. Someone has left their mark. But I can sense it won’t remain for ever; so much has already been lost.
There’s something very poignant about these scenes for me, something inherently evocative; I think that often what draws me to them is the feeling that time has stood still. Suddenly I am back to my childhood, where everything felt safe…
Images are taken from two series on my website: An English Vernacular and England’s Dreaming. See more of my work at www.chrismoxey.net