John Blakemore: Beyond Landscape
“Beyond Landscape represents the long-awaited retrospective of work by John Blakemore, who has lived and taught in Derby since 1971. The retrospective features a selection of John’s work from 1971 – 1991. The show comprises 100 images in total, including lots of the landscape photography for which John is noted, and a more recent body of still-life work, much of which has not previously been exhibited. John’s creative approach to photography earned him the prestigious Fox Talbot award in 1992. The exhibition will also be available in a version suitable for smaller venues comprising the artist’s selection of 60 framed exhibits.
This exhibition covers the period of 1971 – 1991. My move to Derby coincided with a change in my practice, a shift concern from an urban based documentary arctic, to the landscape, which remained my main area of preoccupation until 1981. The later still-life work, whilst necessitating a very different method of working, represents for me a continuity of concern, a continuing fascination with the richness of nature and with the interaction of natural and cultural processes.
To be in the world is to be surrounded by the raw material of consciousness. The act of photographing is a ‘looking with attention’. with intensity, with awareness. The moment of making a photograph is a moment of recognition, a recognition of the significance of an object, an event. The photograph affords an intensity of description, a richness of detail, of tonality which the print may produce, for the viewer, an experience of revelation, a feeling of never having really seen before.” from Metro Photography, Derby.