Fergus Heron's photography explores connections between landscape and architecture. Working primarily in South East England from the coasts to the edges of Greater London, Heron’s principal artistic concern is with making pictures that intensify contemplation of the commonplace where the cultural and natural combine with the modern and traditional.
Heron’s working process involves interconnected long-term on-going projects. Working with a view camera, every picture is made only with available light and always absent of human activity to produce a quality of stillness and extended sense of present time.
He often makes a single photograph of each subject, or where similar views are possible, pictures are made in closely resembling pairs or sequences that complicate the process of seeing and pose questions about how subjects and pictures might be related. Across all his work, Heron’s slow and deliberate picture making process concentrates upon some of the most basic principles of photography, offering possibilities through which to distill and decelerate our act of seeing.
Heron studied at the Royal College of Art and the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham. He was nominated for the Jerwood Artist Platform and his photography has been exhibited internationally in group shows at the Museum for Contemporary Art (Roskilde, Denmark) K3 (Zurich, Switzerland) and at Pump House Gallery (London) George and Jorgen (London) Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (Exeter) Royal West of England Academy (Bristol) and was included in the first major exhibition of Photography, ‘How We Are: Photographing Britain’ at Tate Britain.