Stuart Nurse
artist of landscape and environment

Packing up after an art market one Sunday evening in the centre of Bristol, I noticed the glow of a hotel's lights through the wintery branches of trees in a park. I took a photograph of the scene. I only had my iPhone on me. The impact of the scene for me was the contrast between the rectilinear architecture of the hotel broken up by the organic branching pattern of those intervening trees. This effect was exciting and I found it in many locations and produced a record of them, always on my phone.

The series has become, for me, a statement about the importance of the natural in our lives. Using the phone's camera means I have to live with its restrictions and being opportunistic, never knowing when I would come across a scene to record, the point of view and framing was often not ideal. I decided to overcome this by selecting the ideal framing and making the rest of the image monochrome.

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