Originally from Berkshire, England, and with a background in philosophy, Ian Watts is a self taught photographer who has practised photography commercially since the late 1990s.
Dividing his time between commissioned and more personal work, Ian has, in recent years, concentrated upon a small number of interrelated projects. One of these is “The South Country”, a ‘new topographics’ inspired interpretation of the landscape, flora and fauna of southern England, predominantly the chalk downlands of Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire and Hampshire – a “man-altered” landscape that has been taking shape since Neolithic times. Another project is “Tumulus” – a documentation of the numerous Neolithic and Bronze age tumuli (burial mounds) found throughout the downland landscape and elsewhere in England.
Running through all these projects is the notion of the interconnectedness of a landscape and the people who have inhabited it – in particular, how a landscape fuses together the lives of those living today and those who have gone before.