I will consider three photographic projects; an early work that explores formative experience (Fathom), a project that pays attention to a deepening awareness of subject and research (The
I will consider three photographic projects; an early work that explores formative experience (Fathom), a project that pays attention to a deepening awareness of subject and research (The Exmouth Documenta), and then finally a current project (Nella Veduta/ In the View) that questions the language and specific qualities of photographic documents and do these photographs convey knowledge?
Taking from Robert Adams (photographer and writer) who suggest that landscape pictures offer us “three verities: geography, autobiography and metaphor. Geography is, if taken alone sometimes boring, autobiography is frequently trivial, and metaphor can be dubious.” I want to use his ‘verities’ as navigation tools to guide us through the three projects. Formative influences are the starting point, living in suburbia on the very tip of land between the rivers Dee and Mersey and facing the Irish sea. I will talk about the link between those formative experiences and Fathom a site specific exhibition at the Mission Gallery Swansea. Acting as the pivot of the presentation I will talk about research and a project that I created in the run down space of the Exmouth Customs House, overlooking the pinch point and confluence of river and sea.
Works by artists who spent time based in the Customs House were brought together in an exhibition (spoken with a wry smile), the Exmouth Documenta. To conclude I will talk about my ongoing project documenting the saltmarshes of the Venice Lagoon. Propositions were established; to examine the different languages of various photographic processes and to question what knowledge is conveyed to an interdisciplinary audience by this collection of photographs? The challenge was to create a cohesive body of work that speaks ‘of’ and ‘for’ the Venetian Lagoon, a complex tidal environment and a contested space.
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(Tuesday) 12:25 - 12:35(GMT+01:00) View in my time