Simon Clarke grew up and now lives in the St Ives area of Cornwall, England. This Atlantic environment is a recurring source of influence. After undergraduate and postgraduate degrees he was a Fellow at Plymouth University. He then moved to live and work in Kenya. While a Lecturer in Fine Art at Kenyatta University he introduced photography into his practice drawing inspiration from the landscape, people and culture of Kenya. On his return to England, visits to New York and Paris provided new subjects. While fieldwork visits back in East Africa led to a PhD with photography and digital art informing field methods and creative practice.
Subsequent projects have engaged with new locations and their intrinsic
social and cultural realities. Conceptually responses and reflections pool
ideas from philosophical and anthropological discourses.
Over the last four years he has visited South Africa to do research for a commissioned book on South African photography. This has also enabled him to develop his own photographic projects on the veld and at the Cape. Significantly he has met iconic photographers such as the late David Goldblatt, Omar Badsha, Roger Ballen and Paul Weinberg amongst others.
Clarke is the author of commissioned art and design publications and self-published books on his photography and digital projects (surreal explorations into environment, industry, science and the future). He has exhibited and lectured internationally and his work is featured in a number of international publications.