Emmy-nominated photographer and filmmaker Frederick Paxton has wowed audiences time and time again with his striking series. He’s documented zones of conflict around the world, from Syria and Ukraine to North Korea and the Central African Republic. Throughout each series a common thread that runs through Frederick’s crisp lens is his attention to perspective and light.
In his most recent project, the London-based photographer was invited to photograph the world’s first energy company that uses solely green energy. “I have always been fascinated by the way humans interact with the various systems at play in the world,” Frederick tells It’s Nice That. “Whether these interactions are structural or natural, how we use photography and film as a medium to capture intersections and boundaries can reveal so much about humanity.”
By merging two photographic disciplines together – documentary and fine art photography – Frederick finds a space to communicate difficult subjects and conversations. “It’s a space that allows the freedom and rigour of both disciplines to thrive,” he adds on his unique style. For his latest project, Windpower, Frederick delves into arguably the most dysfunctional aspect of our species’ relationship to the planet. But rather than focusing on the doom and gloom of our impending destruction, Frederick looks to the innovate solutions that humans can bring to this difficult conversation.
On the beautiful and astounding series, the photographer goes on to say: “I’m fascinated by how to capture wind. It’s an almost unseen element but with so much power. Through these wind farms, we see both nature and human mechanics working together to create something that is both powerful as well as potentially essential to our development.” The engaging photographs encompass the never-ending intricacies that bind humans and nature together; both in concept and composition. A painful connection at times, and also a beautiful one at others.
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Jyni joined It’s Nice That as an editorial assistant in August 2018 after graduating from The Glasgow School of Art’s Communication Design degree. In March 2019 she became a staff writer and in June 2021, she was made associate editor. Feel free to drop Jyni a note if you have an exciting story for the site.