The Cornish word Hyreth has no direct equivalent in English, but its meaning can be translated as something like ‘a nostalgic homesickness’ or ‘a longing to return to a place that is impossible to reach’.
Taking Hyreth as its title, this work is a fragmented coming-of-age story depicting events from my childhood and adolescence in rural Cornwall. Each image is a figurative recreation of one of these formative events made in the places they originally occurred - in and around the Lynher Valley and Bodmin Moor.
Hyreth is an autobiographical examination of a landscape; an investigation into what we might mean when we say we come from a place; and an exploration of what happens when we go back.
Dominick grew up in rural Cornwall and moved to London to study philosophy at UCL. His photography career started in student media and led to freelance work for national newspapers. Since then he has built up a long list of editorial, commercial and NGO clients.
His personal work frequently explores the relationships between people and their environment, often focusing on the experiences of indigenous communities around the world.
Dominick wrote and photographed Uncommon Ground, which was published by Guardian Faber in 2015. He balances commissioned work with long-term projects, collaborations and teaching at Falmouth University.