The drive of Photo-Canopy is to widen the scope of the National Forest to new cultural audiences and to establish the Identity of the National Forest as a distinctive part of the Midlands. Photo-Canopy promotes and explores the wonders of The National Forest through photography as the forest is an evolving landscape that stretches for over 200 square miles, overlapping parts of Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire and has a combination of fascinating rural and urban landscapes. Moreover, it has a vibrant social and industrial history, which makes the National Forest a truly unique location.
The objective of Photo-Canopy (Lens on the National Forest) is to broaden the awareness of the National Forest to new audiences and to establish the Identity of the National Forest through contemporary photography. The Photo-Canopy also incorporates an intensive educational plan for the public and students in the local region. As part of the Artist in Residence Aaron delivered talks on his currant photographic practice and examined the philosophies of the Photo-Canopy intentions. These talks were designed for the public, Higher and Further Education students. On behalf of the educational program he also presented photographic workshops to the public and students as well as providing critical portfolio reviews.
As part of the residency Aaron produced an intensive body of work incorporating social and historical issues of the National Forest region. His work was exhibited at the Brewhouse art Gallery in October 2016. Alongside the exhibition he produced a comprehensive photographic book, which will provide a long lasting legacy.