Saltwater is the most recent series by Stephen Inggs. In this project, the focus is given to the sea surrounding Cape Town, where Inggs has been an avid surfer for fifty years. These works examine Inggs' love for the sea and its “myriad states of movement and stillness” that makes the sea a timeless metaphor for human emotions and psychological states. “But for how long will this metaphor last? he asks and continues “not because we are changing, but because we are changing the sea”.
Solitude is a series informed by Stephen Inggs' immersion in both ancient and recent history of the Karoo – the vast region in South Africa, characterised by its desert landscapes. The region was covered by an inland sea approximately 250 million years ago, yet less than 200 years ago was named Karoo - Place of Great Dryness - by local herdsmen. These changes in climate, along with the human settlers, have resulted in a striking landscape where time appears to stand still. Its extreme climatic conditions make the land largely inhospitable and its remoteness from other inhabited areas create a sense of isolation.
Sensum is a series created in the early 2000s. The objects depicted here have particular significance for Inggs. He explains: " The initial inspiration for Sensum came indirectly from a story about a partially blind man living in Stanford who used to work on the roof of his house under the supervision of his wife standing below. One weekend after he had died, I bought some of his tools at a garage sale held by his wife. The lovingly repaired quality of the tools gave them an aesthetic presence that went beyond mere pragmatism and stimulated me to photograph them as subject matter."