The evolving relationship between an artist and the landscape in the work of Chrystel Lebas
I first came across the work of Chrystel Lebas in the exhibition at the V&A titled Twilight: Photography in the Magic Hour and almost at the same time at the Falmouth University symposium also in 2006. Whilst I have always had an interest n the landscape and have made singular images or small bodies of work considering the landscape I would have never said that my practise had any kind of focus on the landscape.
I then saw this essay by Camilla Brown on Photomonitor which gave me a few ideas and also posed a few questions for me to think about.
My ideas for this modules work is now moving in the direction of both a portrait and landscape investigation in one. The landscape element I would say is concerned with the change over time and my personal relationships with the landscape of the area around Barton where I plan to photograph.
Lebas' later film work entitled Wandering Dunes questions how Man made our Landscapes are. This idea of time, change and what has changed in the landscape will be a huge portion of my work as Barton has changed so much from the memories I have of the space. Camilla Brown comments on this notion of change and whilst discussing Lebas' work..
"...With our natural environment in so much perpetual motion and change and so man-controlled we often hit moments and points where fact and fiction blur...."
An interesting idea when I think about this in a slightly different way in my own practise. The questions around change within the environment can create both factual and fictional memories of place. Some of the places I visited as a child when I lived in barton i'm sure are no longer there, however there may also be places which are figments of fictional memory perhaps?
Brown, C. (2018). Photomonitor - Essays - The evolving relationship between an artist and the landscape in the work of Chrystel Lebas. [online] Photomonitor.co.uk. Available at: http://www.photomonitor.co.uk/lebas1/ [Accessed 1 Mar. 2018].
Conrad, P. (2018). Photography: Twilight: Photography in the Magic Hour. [online] the Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2006/oct/08/art2 [Accessed 1 Mar. 2018].