Lecturer in Higher Education with the Open College of the Arts and freelance art photographer
I have worked in higher education for over twenty five years and in the last seven years was employed as a Reader/Principal Lecturer with responsibility for research management in Art and Design and latterly appointed head of postgraduate development in the arts at the University of Northampton. In September 2012 I transferred my contract to Associate Lecturer and continue to teach photography at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am engaged within arts projects management and I have extensive experience in curriculum development. I am also an experienced External Examiner and have experience of higher education delivery overseas. I currently teach students in all corners of the world for the Open College of The Arts, which is a part of the University of the Creative Arts, UK.
My creative interest is in the representation of nature, landscape and environment in the context of accelerated scientific intervention and in radical changes in human use of the landscape and the issues which that gives rise to.
Theoretical debate around place, non-place and placelessness and theories of psychological cognition inform the production of my images. My current work explores the use of Actor Network Theory (ANT), philosophical debate on space (in particular phenomenology) and the analytical work of the humanistic geographers.
The source and inspiration for my recent work has been the desert landscape of Almeria in southern Spain. This setting was used in Leone’s 1960s ‘paella westerns’ and until recently was considered a harsh, parched and inhospitable land, incompatible with stable occupation and enterprise. More recently it has become a contested land for the mass production of greenhouse agribusinesses, for tourism (resort-based and ecological) and for leisure and second home expansion.
For an image-maker with my particular agenda this environment offers many examples of hybrid sites and rich localities (landscape vistas and sites of smaller macroscopic scale) within which to explore my concerns around change and human/nature hybridity and synergy. The outcomes are produced through a highly controlled blend of image capture and digital image manipulation/construction in the studio. At times the images make clear topographical references to particular places and at times the images slide into more ambiguous and uncertain visual phenomena and confuse any reference to the observable world.
Three of my projects were funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and two have been supported by grants form the Arts Council, England.
see also: www.land2.uwe.ac.uk/alang.htm