This work was intended to ‘another view’ of the Peak District by including photographs of mining, quarrying and other industries thought to despoil the countryside. I wanted to show that this is a living, dynamic environment of rural communities intimately engaged with the land.
The resulting exhibition was large scale alternative landscape photographs taken from public footpaths and showing parts of the Peak District that are easily accessible but rarely seen. They will be interspersed with portraits of the people who live and work here. I hope this will locate them back in the landscape and re-establish the relationship between the people and the land.
The main inspirations and influences for this work are from; Brian Shutmatt “Grays the mountains sends”, Edward Burtynsky – the quarry series, Mitch Epstein “American Power” and Pfal’s power station series.
The exhibition of ten, digital A0 prints on archival matt paper were mounted on diabond. I wanted to get away from glass covered frames to make the images more accessible.
The camera used as a Nikon D800 with 35-70mm and 80-210mm F2.8 zoom lenses. The high resolution and incredible depth of field drew in the audience to examine the prints at close quarter.
“Quarried” alternative landscapes of the Peak District was shown at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery from 6 Feb-10 April 2016 and was purchased by the museum for their permanent collection.