Colour photograph mounted on aluminium2002
About the work
This picture of the Thorpe marshes near Haddiscoe is from a series of six photographs entitled 'All Yesterday's and Today's', taken of locations in the east of England by the Norfolk-based photographer Mark Edwards. He uses the irrigation system, which was put in place to transform these marshes into fields, as a compositional device to lead our eyes through the picture. While the ditches are prominent, criss-crossing across the marsh, the land is open and empty of use. Edwards sourced the locations for each photograph by looking at an Ordnance Survey map and pinpointing places of interest. He visited each chosen location at different times of year, becoming accustomed to the landscape and its seasonal changes. The photographs were taken using a large-format camera, a tripod and a stepladder, referencing the pioneering landscape photography of the nineteenth century. The vast landscapes, captured in a soft and even light, are empty of human characters and the height of the viewpoint leaves us feeling as if we have somehow not imposed ourselves onto the scene.
Mark Edwards was born in 1965. He studied for a postgraduate diploma in photography at De Montfort University in 1997 and the following year continued on at the University to study for an MA. Recent exhibitions have included 'Kettle's Yard Open' at Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, in 2002, and 'Traces and Elements' at the Bend in the River Gallery, Gainsborough, in 1996.
Mark Edwards (1965 - )
- Haddiscoe, Norfolk
- Colour photograph mounted on aluminium
- Joint commission by GAC, Commissions East and the Government Office for the East of England (GO-East) for the GO-East offices, Cambridge, September 2002
- the artist (commission)
- GAC number