Liverpool photographer John Davies is exhibiting his British Landscapes at the Centre for the Urban Built Environment (CUBE) in Manchester until 18 April 2009. I love these epic black and white images of typically British scenes.
The British Landscape
Runs: 20.03.2009 to 18.04.2009
CUBE is delighted to be showcasing ‘The British Landscape’ by acclaimed photographer John Davies.
These large format black and white photographs, taken between 1979 and 2005 show the vast, complex and majestic scenery of industrial and post industrial Britain.
To view the landscape as a pictorial composition of elements is simplistic. To perceive the landscape within a set of rules (art, science, politics, religion, community, business, industry, sport and leisure) is a way people can deal with the complexity of meanings that are presented in our environment. We are collectively responsible for shaping the landscape we occupy and in turn the landscape shapes us whether we are aware of it or not. -John Davies
Narrative landscape photographer, John Davies, captures the British landscape in a permanent state of flux. His black and white photographs, taken between 1979 and 2005 show the vast, complex and majestic scenery of industrial and post industrial Britain. Taken from an elevated position, these photographs show not an idealised countryside but a middle state, both rural and urban, constantly reinvented by trends in industry, agriculture and construction – each view in itself a fabrication. Davies’ works are coolly detached and highly seductive in their display of rare moments of calm and quiet amidst the inevitable changes of these modern landscapes.
For more details on John Davies see his web site www.johndavies.uk.com