When I was a child I was fascinated by books about rocks and minerals. Books that talked about where they come from, how they were formed and their cultural importance. Inspired by what I found in these books, much playground time was spent digging up earth and trying to identify the uncovered specimens. Faced with fragments of rocks and minerals in daily life, I started to question if I would be able to find them again within their natural landscape. 

Salt comes from the sea; dead, vanishing and living ones. As bodies of water appear and disappear they deposit salt. With the slow passing of time brine pools, salt domes and veined caverns emerge on the surface of the earth. Fundamental to human life, for millennia we have sought out these salt landscapes. Reliant on the natural world to provide for us, we built settlements in places where salt could be harvested. 

 I began mapping this unfamiliar geological terrain, the result of both natural processes and human endeavours. Born of the Purest Parents combines field images with photographs of found specimens and google satellite images to create an alternative guide to salt. Elevating an essential mineral that has shaped the history of human civilisation.





Mohs scale



put salt on the tail of  

Capture (with reference to humorous instructions given to children for catching a bird)

sit below the salt 

Be of lower social standing or worth

‘paperback publishers used to be considered people who sat below the salt’




salt lick

a place where animals go to lick salt from the ground. In the absence of natural salt occurrence, a block of salt provided for animals to lick. 


the spreading of grit on road surfaces to render them less slippery for vehicles during icy weather.

salt cod

cod that has been preserved by drying after salting. Salt cod and corned beef became the rations of the British Navy. By the 14th Century most of Northern Europe prepared for war by obtaining a large quantity of salt and starting to salt meat and fish.

salt cellar

placed at the head of the table, this large receptacle was a sign of status and prosperity. Commonly made of silver and decorated in motifs of the sea. The social status of guests could be measured by their positions relative to the master’s large salt cellar: high-ranking guests sat above the salt while those of lesser importance sat below the salt.


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