| Daniel Shiel’s professional training as an archaeologist and resulting time spent observing landscapes, both past and present, forms the context for his photographic work.
His work considers the rich textures, patterns and colours evident in both natural and artificial everyday objects, details which are at first glance often unseen or overlooked. Within each section of the piece, an image is extracted and isolated from its original context. This generates fresh and unfamiliar scenes with a surrealist quality.
The themes at the centre of Daniel’s work are associations with the past, decay, destruction and loss. The finished works are often melancholy in character, suggesting an unknown or uncertain setting and atmosphere, but create a powerful aesthetic impact.