Beth Simons – geologist

I’m very fortunate to be friends with a very talented geologist, Dr. Beth Simons.

Although now working for ShelterBox in its disaster relief, I asked Beth if she would be willing to help out with a discussion about my work and its muse, sand, to provide a scientific angle to the images.

I am planning on recording a podcast and/or short video that will be shared via my Harena Now page on my website:

I may also transcribe elements from this to display alongside my work at my two exhibitions.

I listen to quite a few podcasts, namely Adam Buxton and comedy shows, but also A Small Voice, a photography-related podcast by photographer, Ben Smith.

I’m hoping that Beth and I will be able to create a lively ‘chat’ about my work, nothing too academic or too specialist but a way to express the meaning of my work via one of its influential disciplines; geology.

She has recently become more and more involved in art related topics such as her work with Groundwork and artist/quarryman David Paton’s, Tracing Granite: In Search of a White Cross.

With Beth’s current role working with ShelterBox, I’m also hopeful that her experience of working within a disaster relief situation will help illustrate how the sand crisis is affecting people caught up in it.

Smith uses a quote on his podcast website by W. Eugene Smith that reads: “Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness”.

I truly hope Harena Now can lure a sense of awareness and my “small voice” will be part of a cacophony of voices raising the profile of this environmental and human issue.


A Small Voice. Available at: [accessed May 7, 2018]

GROUNDWORK. ‘David Paton. Tracing Granite: In Search of a White Cross’. Available at: [accessed May 7, 2018]