‘The best friend on earth of man is the tree’. Frank Lloyd Wright

These latest photographs from a project site in Oxfordshire reflect the proliferation of wood in the various buildings, lent an almost luminous quality by the slanting winter light. The signs of age and longstanding occupation are evident in every worn surface and each area of mismatched grain, where patches of newer timber have been inserted to repair damage to the old. Strong and easily worked, here is a material from which man can and indeed has repeatedly created entire environments, inside and out, from the supporting structure, external cladding and roof shingles, to the interior partitions, wall finishes, floors, ceilings, window frames, doors, balustrades, shutters, stairs, cabinetry, work surfaces, bath tubs, handles and here even the casing for a lock.


Guy Dickinson, Harikleia Karamali