About this project
I have been a photographer for many years but due to a severe and debilitating illness I have not completed a photographic project since the 1990s. Over the last 3 years, with much help and support, I have photographed the quarries and associated works in North Derbyshire. It is likely to be my last big project.
Much of contemporary landscape photography is about perfect images of pristine natural land devoid of human activity. There is often denial of the effects of human habitation and how it has shaped the country.
Concentrating on an idealised view creates problems between what people expect to see when they visit the countryside and what is actually before their eyes. This is particularly true in national parks which, by their very nature, are promoted as the epitome of the perfect landscape.
The images in this project show the quarries and works associated with mineral extraction in North Derbyshire. Industry on this scale has a huge visual impact which many do not like when they expect to see perfect landscape. It is a strange irony that quarrying in the Peak District is inevitable as the rock that formed the hills is used to build the infrastructure of modern life. For every new house, road, railway or shopping centre there is a corresponding hole in the ground.
By producing large colour photographs I want to engage the audience and suggest links between the source of raw materials used in the construction industry and the landscape that provides them. Quarries can have their own stark beauty, they are part of an inhabited, working landscape.
Buxton Museum and Art gallery are exhibiting the photographs from 6 February to 12 April 2016. There will be a programme to support the exhibition including talks and other public engagement events. I want to show the exhibition at other places around the region and am currently exploring suitable venues. A book of the project is also planned.
I have received support to print the A0, 1.2m x 0.8m, prints but they need to be mounted on Diabond, an aluminium substrate, at a total cost of £1350. I am paying some of this myself but need your support to reach the target. Please help to see the exhibition realised.
Some photographs from the project
Risks and challenges
The images are ready for mounting, the venue has confirmed the space all that is need is the final stage of the funding to mount the prints.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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