Dividing Lines

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANeville Park, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, March 2017.

#Neville Park #Royal Tunbridge Wells #Kent #Mansions #Dividing Lines #Private Property #Matt Gibson

On the other side of the A264 from my house is Neville Park, a private road overlooking the park itself. The top floor of these large mansions benefit from a view on to a pastoral scene of privately owned park land sandwiched between Rusthall and Tunbridge Wells Commons. The horizontal lines reflect divisions of wealth in modern British society reversing the pastoral point of view, presenting street-level images of boundaries and borders of social segregation.

Lowlands / Highlands

DSC_0050DSC_0078DSC_0098DSC_0105DSC_0117DSC_0120DSC_0005Landmannalaugar, Fjallabak Nature Reserve, 2013.

#Landmannalaugar #Fjallabak #Iceland #Matt Gibson

In 2013, while my partner Laurie was 7 months pregnant with our child, I embarked upon a rare trip to Iceland. In Reykjavik, you can buy weekly bus tickets for the entire Iceland network and travel around at your own leisure. I chose to stop at Landmannalaugar campsite near the hot springs and spent a couple days hiking the renowned trails of the highlands of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. ‘Lowlands/Highlands’ is a tentative exploration in landscape photography from contrasting points of view.  Hiking alone through the valleys and over ridges I found myself amongst volcanic craters, lava fields and smoking geysers; a cathartic and narcissistic experience that many seek as a form of mental and physical escape. But the journey between ‘low’ and ‘high’ was humbling. A witness to ‘a contemplated moment’ to borrow the words of Edward Burtynsky, the weight of time and history pervades you serving as a refreshing reminder of your insignificance.