Simon Rowe arrived at Light Work from London already intrigued by Lake Onondaga, which lies north of Syracuse. During his time here, he has continued his research and made several trips to the lake to create images that investigate the current physical and symbolic status of Onondaga and its meaning to the people who live around and love the lake. Rowe has also made good use of Light Work’s facilities to further his ongoing Untitled series by preparing and printing several editions and exhibition prints while here.
Previous work by Rowe includes the series Local Authority 2007 in which he collaborated with the residents of Pepys housing Estate, Deptford, South East London to depict their ideas about perception and regeneration in the estate. Ultimately, Rowe writes about his work, “My photographic practice has enabled me to appreciate a world in which my concerns with human social relations and impermanence can be creatively explored, made somewhat visible and reflected upon.”
Rowe is a partner in CACAO, an evolving collective of creative artists, social researchers, and educators. He holds an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths College University of London and is currently a visiting fellow at the Centre for Urban and Community Research there. His work has been exhibited in venues in London including Limelight Gallery, International Planned Parenthood Foundation, Stark Gallery, and Photofusion, and also at Gallery Hunchentoot, Berlin.
This residency was co-sponsored by Autograph ABP in London, England, a collaboration since 1996.