3 – 15 November 2020
Hastings Arts Forum, 20 Marina, St Leonards on Sea TN38 0BU
Private View: None due to the Covid-19 Situation
In the beginning… an exhibition by Jeremy Llewellyn-Jones
As a child growing up in Kenya, I used to dangle my feet in the warm clear Indian Ocean and kick as hard as I could, always imagining that someone on the south coast of England would feel my waves and ripples. England was a far-off land I’d never visited, my vision of it came from grandparents Christmas cards, overheard conversations and copies of long-gone magazines.
More than half a century later, I now live on the south coast of England and hope that someone ‘back home’ on the shoreline of East Africa will feel my ripples and waves once more, that we can be joined across the oceans.
We live in a fractured world; division constantly chips away at our desire and opportunities to connect and bond. That being so the monochrome panoramas are made up of 24 or 28 separate, almost fractured images which are then merged into one timeless photograph for us to scan. The freezing of brief moments of division are forged into a seamless landscape of unity. But not everything is as it seems. A global pandemic and splintered politics casts an almost post-apocalyptic shadow across our future as we look outwards where the sun, literally and metaphorically struggles to pierce the clouds – perhaps a glimpse back to where it all began. Some respite comes with the colour images, faint signs of hope despite swimming close to the rocks and against the tide.
The individual frames for the panoramas were shot on a full-frame Nikon Z7 camera with a Zeiss 50 mm f1.4 lens with the aperture set at f11. 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 colour images were shot on a Fuji X-T3 camera. All images were printed by Alexandra Drawbridge at Solaris in St. Leonards using Hahnemuhle Museum Etching paper and then framed by Patrick Jones at Project 78.
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. They were printed and framed once restrictions were lifted.
I was born in Uganda and grew up in Kenya. I studied photography at The London College of Printing, then post-graduate film and television at the Royal College of Art. My professional life has been spent directing films and television documentaries for broadcasters in the UK, America and Canada but making photographs has been ever present since I was 16 when I built my first darkroom.