Passing Monuments

Time is overlayered by history with the many abbeys, piers, statues and follies which inhabit the British landscape. Many are of a great age and are now in ruins and eventually, like the people they depict or who built them, they too will disappear. History is, like memory, a layered, rather than a continuous timeline and these structures can be said to represent a ghost layer from an age past which is breaking through and haunting the present.

In this work I’ve decided to include the Romantic characteristic of ruggedness in form and texture, but also to create images which are very direct by placing the structures prominently within the frame rather than reproduce the Romantic vision of the picturesque landscape leading to an elegant architectural ruin in the distance.

This portfolio is not a historical study but rather a passing mention of some of the wooden, stone and metal structures that I’ve encountered whilst walking the land. Unlike geological formations, my experience is that to pass one of these broken man-made structures is to feel the pressing weight of time. I wanted to use photographic technique to represent them in a way that would touch upon the elegiac nature of the structures and so I’ve often photographed them when the sun is low in order to emphasize the diurnal cycle or with movement in the sky or water to show the passing of time.
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