England's Glory 2 (Fulbeck)

John Blakemore

England's Glory 2 (Fulbeck)

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

1981

HC 11182

Provenance

Hamiltons Gallery, London

Exhibited

Tomorrow, Council for the Protection of Rural England, 1986 (This print)
Through the Looking Glass. Photographic Art in Britain 1945-1989, Barbican Art Gallery, 1999
A Green and Pleasant Land: Landscape and the imagination, 1970-now,Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 2017-18 (This print)
A Green and Pleasant Land: Landscape and the imagination, 1970-now, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 2017-18 (This print)

Literature

Gerry Badger and John Benton-Harris, Through the Looking Glass. Photographic Art in Britain 1945-1989, 1999 (cat.37, illustrated p.166)

Four photographs in a single mount as originally exhibited.

"Fulbeck, the flat, windswept, intensively farmed landscape of Lincolnshire. And, unexpected, protest at the ominous, resented presence of Nyrex. A disused airfield, one of a number of areas under investigation as possible sites for dumping of nuclear waste.

A commission from the CPRE, to photograph an area of outstanding natural beauty. I negotiated permission to include signs of protest in my piece and began to photograph. The wind, multiple exposure, the added conotations of nuclear waste, the wind as carrier of contamination. I decided that all my photographs would be of the wide landscape, an agricultural landscape devoid of people, their presence implied only by the signs of protest.

I thought perhaps this could be a way back to working in the landscape, to include the overtly political but the urge died with the completion of commission and the return to the studio.

From: Photographs 1955 - 2010 John Blakemore (p.126)

John Blakemore

England's Glory 2 (Fulbeck)

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

1981

HC 11182

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