PHOTO LONDON AND THE RA SUMMER EXHIBITION HAVE BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR THE AUTUMN, VOIES OFF AND LES RENCONTRES D’ARLES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED FOR THIS YEAR. PLANS FOR 2020 HAVE REQUIRED A RE-THINK AND RE-WRITE FOR US ALL.
Early last May I was prepping a Satellite exhibition for Photo London 2019 and coordinating framing and delivery for RA Summer Exhibition 2019 shortlisted work. One year on, with gallery closures, fair postponement, festival cancellation, unessential travel restriction and social distancing a daily reality, I have accepted that my Photo London Satellite opening of chevaux sauvages 43º22’32″n 4º48’37”e must be abandoned physically. My re-think and re-write is to postpone, yes of course but also to somehow acknowledge my intent. So, as an alternative to inviting you my dear friends and colleagues, I will enlighten you a little on the back story…
On a road trip across the marshlands of the Rhône delta in 2005, my childhood equine obsession was stirred. Celebrated for their endurance and courage (and close in form to those depicted in France’s ancient Lascaux cave paintings), the indigenous horses of the Camargue, represent some of the oldest equine blood on the planet. I was adventuring with my kids, then aged 5 and 8, no stopping though, we were heading to the beach. I vowed to return sometime.
I did, somewhat briefly, early summer 2017 with my youngest daughter as companion. A fortuitous opportunity, I was exhibiting at les rencontres de la photographie pop-up BYOP and before leaving Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, we decided to take some ‘time out’ at the beach. On the D570 (direction Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer), marshland and native horses are the prevalent windscreen landscape. I made a few stops for reconnaissance shots but time was challenged and I really wanted to get closer than roadside capture could achieve.
I arrived back in London with the filmic aesthetic of Albert Lamorisse (Crin Blanc, 1953) and Denys Colomb de Daunant (Le Songe des Chevaux Sauvages, 1960) in my mind. I began research with the objective of negotiating access. Late summer 2017 I returned, access granted and chevaux sauvages 43º22’32″n 4º48’37”e – a series of nine fine art prints, evolved.
My sincere thanks to Gwenael Wasse at Tour du Valat, Claire Tetrel at Parc naturel régional de Camargue, Lydie Catala and Emmanuel Vialet at Domaine de la Palissade. I could not have made this work without their invaluable assistance and support.
I remain curious what measures will be secured to ensure the horses remain at semi-liberty in the Camargue marshes and wetlands, and within this context, what the definition of a future ‘liberty’ is? Forward planning is currently on hold for all of us, my project will continue post-pandemic when freedom of movement allows.
The Camargue/Delta du Rhône is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
PRIOR TO MY POST-PANDEMIC RESCHEDULED SATELLITE EVENT chevaux sauvages 43º22’32″n 4º48’37”e LIMITED EDITION PRINT SALES ARE OPEN. FOR ENQUIRES PLEASE DM ME.
Price list. 24” x 20” aluminium mounted (with subframe) archival pigment print – £900 / 24” x 20” archival pigment print unmounted – £700. Limited editions of 10. Price excludes shipping. Bespoke framing available on request.
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