A naked man lies on a Dorset hill whilst another is painting him, quickly. Eric Ravilious is on a fleeting trip to just north of Dorchester and the war, already broken out, is on his mind. He paints the man, the land around and the humanity of the hills, quickly. The man is the Cerne … Continue reading Responses: Eric Ravilious’ Cerne Abbas Giant (1939)
As World War Two loomed, Paul Nash's obsessions leaned towards more esoteric forms. The landscape became a fantastical entity, the realm of old magic that had already been of much interest to the artist, but one that gradually heightened as reality darkened around him once more. He moved more to photography as a medium in … Continue reading Responses: Paul Nash’s Monster Field
I've written extensively about Derek Jarman's short super-8 film, Journey To Avebury; one of his earliest experiments in film that channels so much of the genii loci of English landscapes, ubiquitous in the more interesting of English arts. His walk through the Wiltshire landscape after the intense stint of work on the sets for Ken … Continue reading Responses: Derek Jarman’s Landscape Paintings
Throughout 2016, I've been trying to respond to artwork about landscape in more ways than simply essays. I found that in trying convey work that I liked, there was only so far I could go with conventional journalistic and essay writing. At the tail-end of each response article, I've been sneaking in a poem about … Continue reading Responses: Poems On Landscape and Melancholy
I first encountered the work of Tessa Farmer during a rainy daydream in Saatchi Gallery a few years back. It was a strange experience as, staring at her Swarm (2004) piece, it took a while to pinpoint exactly what was unnerving about the work. The discovery of a micro-agency controlling the taxidermic happenings in the … Continue reading Responses: Tessa Farmer’s La Chasse (2016)
The landscape painter and augmenter, Paul Nash, had a momentary, glimpsed relationship with the Wiltshire town of Avebury. The landscape, which brims with a sense of ancientness and magic, evidently enraptured the painter for a brief spell of creative yield not simply in painting but in photography as a sideline as well. Caught in the … Continue reading Responses: Avebury Photos (1933 + 1942) – Paul Nash.
As I write this, it is just under two weeks to the Spectral Landscapes event in Oxford. Put together between myself and the Oxford University's Romantic society through Jen Wood, the event is looking at the resurgence of interest in work across all forms of creative media which looks to the landscape in order to … Continue reading The “English Eerie” and The Landscape Venn.
Above is the trailer for my last film of the year, Salthouse Marshes. Continuing on from last year's theme in a trend I hope to continue with on a yearly basis, the film is a short, landscape obsessed ghost story. With the BBC seeming reluctant to bother with a ghost story for Christmas any more, … Continue reading Trailer – Salthouse Marshes.
It feels odd to finally be able to say that Holloway is finished. This oddness derives not just from the fact that it has been the longest planned film that I've produced so far (starting all the way back from Robert Macfarlane's first email to me in February 2014) but because the subject of the … Continue reading Short Film – Holloway (Robert Macfarlane).
Synopsis. Artefacts (2014) is a short video piece shot on super 8 film. It captures the rural vistas around The Wirral which show hints of civilisation but fail to show the true presence of humanity. These rural areas are littered with man-made objects but the natural wilderness has won through, creating a sense of the … Continue reading Short Film – Artefacts (Super 8 film).