England's Glory 3 (Fulbeck)

John Blakemore

England's Glory 3 (Fulbeck)

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

1981

HC 11183

Provenance

Hamiltons Gallery, London

Exhibited

Tomorrow, Council for the Protection of Rural England, 1986

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 3 (Fulbeck)

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

1981

HC 11183

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