The photographer Elliott Erwitt wrote, ‘Photography has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.’ It is an observation that can be appropriately applied to the images below.
There is a length of barbed wire – perhaps four metres – topping the fence that links my garden fence to the neighbouring farm gate post. Its original purpose is no longer relevant — the animals have been moved elsewhere. I have great difficulty in seeing the wire now as an expression of aggressive intent. I am attracted by the twisting of the strands, by the sculpted shapes of the barbed knots and by the possibilities of using these elements to create patterns.