Traditional landscape photography avoids the ugly and instead propagates a belief that all is well.
It’s undeniable that we have some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and capturing it gloriously with our cameras can be reassuring, life-affirming and satisfying. However, so often our emotional responses to idyllic perfection conflict with the true rigours of rural life.
Topographex is a gallery devoted to landscape photography that eschews picturesqueness.
I am attracted to melancholic corners of Britain where the commonplace gets ignored and at worst discarded. Here are images that contradict the pastoralism by facing up to harsh political realities. The gap that exists between the exquisiteness of the landscape and life on the land as a place to work and to survive its severity and hardships, is maintained by myth.
Photography can be a formidable tool of investigation for the curious and the adventuresome as it offers first hand experience of the many mysteries of nature and society - and of our own selves. It combines the real world and the world of the imagination.
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