Entry Title: "
enclosures badlands and borders"
Category: Photography, Non-Professional/Student
75x75cmThese images have essentially grown out of a long interest in the representation of man-altered landscapes, especially those produced by the new topographic school in America, such as Edward Ruscha, Henry Wessel and the Bechers, and subsequently the work of Joel Sternfeld. Although my concerns for the landscape are different, I hope the images I have produced will have the same critical eye and sense of objectivity as these earlier works whilst containing other layers of meaning that are both personal, political and to a degree anthropological. In the tradition of the new topographic photographers, there is a sense in which this work could be viewed as a criticism of the industrial west and its destruction of the environment but ultimately the images are intended as a benign consideration of places that are of their time and that time has now, effectively, run out. Ultimately, I see the work as a return to a classic landscape containing not only elements of The Sublime but also modern references relating to the decline of manufacturing and industry in the post-industrial west.