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Jeanette Bolton-Martin

MA Photography

“All photographs testify to time’s relentless melt” – Susan Sontag

Time is at the heart of my research. Landscape works on a deeper timescale than humanity, changes occur over millennia and pass unnoticed. However, in spaces such as coastlines we can witness this dynamic, shifting space in action. Growing up on the North Norfolk coast led me to investigate the impermanence of landscape, deep geological time and our relationship with our environment. Focusing on areas of dramatic coastal erosion and geological interest such as Happisburgh and West Runton, where the land is visibly changing, the idea of landscape as static is challenged. Glimpses of these spaces are documented and processed through the lens of my scientific background. This process examines the relationship between art practice and scientific enquiry as complementary methods bringing chaos into the calm of knowledge. My research is informed by the writings of Rebecca Solnit, the illustrations of Ernst Haeckel and photographers Edward Burtynsky, Dan Holdsworth and Ori Gersht. Just as scientists study cells that make up larger organisms, my focus is on simplicity, texture and terrain: small parts of a wider whole, in order to explore the tension between the brevity of human life compared to the landscape around us.

See more work by Jeanette:

– Cyanotype no.7

– Field notes – West Runton

– Happisburgh Sample no.14

– Happisburgh Sample no.21

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