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Yesterday I attended an informative talk at the University of Hertfordshire given by the photographer John Davies. Davies is described as one of today’s most outstanding British photographers. He became famous through his research on the English industrial landscape, observed in vast and detailed views.
John Davies was born in County Durham, England, where he lived in both the coal mining and farming communities. He studied photography in Nottingham and after graduating in 1974 he became fascinated by the rural landscape during his visits to the west coast of Ireland. This work focused on the forces of nature and the interaction between sky and land.
A lot of John Davies’s work is in black and white and the images display a vastness of space inhabited by the powerful elements of nature and the contradictory ones of culture to operate in two directions. Whilst viewing his work, it reconfirmed to me that landscape imagery can be immensely striking in black and white, and that sometimes colour can be distracting, though this is not always the case. This talk was of particular interest to me, as I have been looking into and researching landscape photography because it is an area of photography that I have always had a passion for.
John Davies’s work can be viewed on his website: johndavies.uk.com
John Davies has also documented (in photographs) on the disposal and sales of public open green space across Merseyside. It tells of the loss of public open spaces through privatisation schemes for a variety of commercial developments. It shows how local authorities are continuing to sell-off public parks, playing fields, open space and public rights of way in towns and cities throughout Britain.
More details can be read via this link: www.ourground.net
Davies, J. 2014. John Davies Photographer. [online] Available at: http://johndavies.uk.com [Accessed: 5 Mar 2014].
Davies, J. 2014. Our Ground – Loss of Public Open Space. [online] Available at: http://www.ourground.net [Accessed: 5 Mar 2014].