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Where Land Runs Out

Written by Forge

On September 18, 2019

Solo Show by Digswell Fellow Liz Harrington

Broadway Gallery and cafe opening times – Wednesday – Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm, and on Sunday from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

‘Focusing on transience and the fragility of the natural environment, Where Land Runs Out is part of a wider, ongoing project based on the Suffolk coast at Orford Ness and Shingle Street. This desolate landscape and vast expanse of shingle has at times an almost haunting feel, enhanced by the rumours of mysterious happenings there during WWII. Along with much of the Suffolk coast, Shingle Street beach is subject to erosion and sea level rises and is vulnerable to disappearing. 

This exhibition features a series of camera-less cyanotype images made by immersing the light sensitive photographic paper in the sea during periods of low and high tide. The resulting images are often combined or layered, creating new landscapes and perspectives. A cyanotype is one of the earliest photographic printing processes, invented by Sir John Herschel, and results in a Prussian blue image. A second series also on show draws from the distinct flora found on the shingle beach to create abstract ‘phytograms’ (similar to a photogram), which uses the internal chemistry of the plant to help develop the image’   exhibition statement Sept 19

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