In the beginning… Imagining a post-apocalyptic landscape.
This is an exhibition of large panoramic images made at the historic Pett Level beach in East Sussex and Polzeath in Cornwall.
Making photographs of the landscape reveals what history and time have done to the landscape because the past is always present. There is clear evidence of huge environmental shifts embedded in the geography, the result over millions of years of dramatic natural episodes and geological upheavals. Also evident are the scars of human intervention. It’s a narrative that’s constantly rewritten.
The landscape is not in itself political but has acquired significance as a border or a piece of territory. There’s a very fine line between what is nature and what has become property or a possession.
These panoramas are made from multiple images understandable in their own right, that depict a reality seen just before the click of the shutter. Once merged into a single large image they become a true likeness, a photograph with true documentary value recording what time, history and people have done to the land, sea and sky.
A landscape isn’t static, its living – not an empty stage waiting for performers. Like a building it changes with weather conditions, behaves differently in diverse lighting and just like a building that’s closed, isn’t always accessible.
The individual frames for the panoramas were shot on a full-frame Nikon Z7 camera using a focal length of 50mm. A calibrated tripod head was used alongside established techniques for making multi-row panoramas. The high-resolution frames were merged in Photoshop and then adjusted as close to traditional darkroom techniques as possible.
The work in this exhibition was started in the winter of 2019/20 and all the post-production completed during the height of the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 and added to in the spring of 2021.
Image Credit: Jeremy Llewellyn-Jones
Information: Jeremy Llewellyn-Jones