Terence Wright, Kate Mellor, Charlie Meecham
Exhibition of photography
Terry Wright - EXLIBRIS & other photographs
Kate Mellor - "Blue Shift"
Charlie Meecham - "The E20 Project - The M62 Section".
Terence Wright is a photographer living in Oxfordshire, UK. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford where he is working on his project ‘Moving Images: Media Images of Refugees’. He is a Visiting Tutor in Visual Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. Formerly he taught Visual Studies for eight years at the UK’s National Film and Television School and was Reader in Media Arts at the University of Luton. In 1986 he was awarded a PhD by the University of London for his work on Photography, Art and Visual Perception. In addition to his photography work (for BBC Television, Independent Television News, etc.), he has written ‘The Photography Handbook’ (published by Routledge) and is currently writing ‘Visual Impact: Culture and the Meaning of Images’ for Berg publishers and ‘Photography: the Key Concepts’ for Routledge. He has written extensively on photography, given conference papers world-wide and has exhibited his photographs in the UK, Poland and Russia. In collaboration with the Polish Academy of Sciences, he recently curated the exhibition ‘Malinowski – Witkacy. Photography: between Science and Art’ which took place this June as part of the festival Krakow 2000.
The series Ex Libris is concerned with the representation of landscape: the ways that aspects of the environment are categorized and documenting some written poetic responses. The photographs invite the viewer to compare different forms of representation - the book contains one package of information which the photograph has encapsulated together with a small section of the landscape. The images aim to be evocative of Victorian typologies, while conveying a sense of reflection and contemplation.
Traditionally landscape photography has been concerned with exploring the 'picturesque', yet the photographs on display aim to invite the viewer to question our awareness of the changing environment. They aim for a simplicity in their selection, but hope to reveal some of the complexities of environmental change. The camera has the potential to reveal aspects of the landscape which would normally go unnoticed. The changing light and the seasonal transformations of the landscape can be recorded and compared. Where traces of human activity can be discovered, parts of the landscape stand as empty stage sets - a witness to something having taken place, yet anticipating future activity.
The photographs mark the passage of time; recording the changes that occur in the environment due to the passing seasons, the weather and human activity. They present the characteristic features of the landscape: trees, plants, farm carts, etc. combined with observations of the colour and changing light so as to convey the atmosphere of each location. Many of the photographs reflect remnants of childhood memory as well as historical changes that have taken place.
shift" - This work is from a photographic
sequence following the river Calder.
Blue shift is a scientific term. In the 1960s a shift in the wavelengths of red light being emitted from distant bodies in space supported the 'big bang' theory, proving that these stars were moving away and therefore establishing that the universe was expanding. Artists and authors at the time stripped this term of its scientific context using this concept of a shift in light by culturally associating it to such ideas as images and actions from a past time connecting with the present, or simply that of expansion in any area of life. A blue shift in wavelengths of light is the opposite in principle.
Charlie Meecham "The E20 Project - The M62 Section".
The E20 is a designated Euro Route that runs from Limerick to St. Petersburg and forms part of a European network of road and rail routes designed to provide trade connecting the EEC countries together. The E20 crosses Britain via the M62.
project grew out of an earlier commissions to photograph a section of the
road that runs through Hull from the ferry terminal to the Humber Bridge.
For my part, I decided to make two sets of pictures, one series being taken
from moving vehicles including buses and trains and the other from fixed
positions sometimes looking back or responding to various questions raised
be the travelling glance, the idea being to set up a dialogue by pairing
the pictures and possible forming a sort of visual echo.