Following on from my work photographing nuclear power stations, I finally pulled together the threads I had been investigating for some time. A trailer for the 30 minute video which was shown at Bloc in Sheffield in June 2017 is in the Time Based section of my Work. My cryptic description of the work is
Arranged around a journey from east to west across the Lake District, an idiosyncratic probe into the impact of struggles for power.
The video soundtrack is in part drawn from the oral history of Sellafield -Sellafield Stories- held by Cumbria County Council Archive in Whitehaven who gave me permission to use extracts.
Posted in time based, travel and art
Tagged Cumbria, Cumbria County Council Archives, fire, Lake District, legacy, nuclear issues, quest for power, Sellafield, Sellafield Stories, Westmorland, Windscale
In conjunction with the Cupola Galley, I set up an exhibition of photographs of nuclear power stations in Britain in the Blue Moon Cafe in Sheffield. The four stations Dungeness, Sizewell, Hunterston and Dounreay are at the most southern, eastern, western and northern in Britain. The expeditions to photograph the stations are part of an ongoing research project.
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Tagged Blue Moon Cafe, Cupola Gallery, man's impact on landscape, nuclear issues, photographs, Roger Palmer, Sheffield Art, Sheffield Hallam University, TJ Cooper
It has been a busy academic year so far and my blogging has dried up! Shame on me.
However, I now have a 2 week solo show at Cupola Gallery in Sheffield. It will feature the Suspiro Moro video installation as seen in time based work.
Attended the Sheffield Printmakers Exhibition and Fair at the Workstation. Caught up with Peter Knight who was my tutor at Chesterfield. He seems to be really enjoying being a full time printer! Talking with him and his fellow printers including Sarah Sharpe (see Old Crow intaglio bottom left of flyer) reminded me of how much I enjoy printing and how I’ve not been active for quite a while now!
Sheffield Printmakers Flyer
Peter Knight at The Common Press
Started the MA Fine Art at Hallam this week. Another journey – to where? Will the shadows of Sontag, Siebald, Roger Palmer and Barthes stand me in good stead once more?
Spent a few days in NE Lakes before term started. Always good for photography but not quite the crisp days of October/Nov.
Hazy Crummock Water
Suspiro Moro -looking inside
After three years, that have flown, my final degree show is nearing the end. It has been described as a video documentary/installation (well that covers a lot of bases). The title is Suspiro Moro (The Moor’s Sigh) and is based on my interests in Almeria Province in Spain and the thoughts of Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes. A video of the installation and, separately, a copy of the PowerPoint narrative (click on Suspiro Moro) are loaded under Work – Time based. To my amusement I found my earliest work at SHU languishing on the same page – Hinge in the Peak also a PowerPoint, I’ll let the viewer decide if I have progressed!
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Tagged abandoned, Almeria Province, Cabo de Gata, desert, illegal immigrants, legacy, man with no name, man's impact on landscape, photographs, polythene sea, susan sontag