Approved: 16.08.2006

Andrew Parker

Artist, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts As a landscape photographer based in Frome I tend to look for subject matter that eschews traditional ideas around what constitutes a worthwhile landscape photograph. I am attracted to liminal zones that lie somewhere between notions of urban and rural or vernacular architecture that has a short shelf life before social or technological change wipes it from the landscape - consigning it to

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  • Location: Frome, South West
  • Activities: Adult education, Special needs education, Workshops, Publishing, Exhibitions programme
  • Categories: Photography
  • Tags: Landscape, dereliction, England
 
 

Biography

Concepts As a landscape photographer based in Frome I tend to look for subject matter that eschews traditional ideas around what constitutes a worthwhile landscape photograph. I am attracted to liminal zones that lie somewhere between notions of urban and rural or vernacular architecture that has a short shelf life before social or technological change wipes it from the landscape - consigning it to a largely forgotten past. Inspired by the work of Ed Ruscha I have recently been photographing rural petrol garages that were once ubiquitous in the British landscape but not appreciated in the same way as some of their American counterparts - regarded as necessary eyesores rather than an inherent part of car culture. The portfolio consists of twenty six filling stations, photographed in the south west of England and south Wales, that are all independent of the supermarkets that now dominate fuel sales. Change is one element of my work which tends to draw me towards a landscape that isn't easily categorised. A landscape of buddliea, unamed ponds, business parks, industrial estates, retail parks and inhospitable road networks. World events and hysteria over security in our city centres has pushed photographers to the margins whilst the worn out hackneyed imagery of rural England is a natural counterpoint to my work. Influences Paul Graham, Lewis Baltz, Lee Friedlander, John Davies, John Gossage, Gabriele Basilico, Jeff Brouws, Ed Ruscha, Stephen Shore. Career path 1994 Cert Ed, SCAT, Taunton, Somerset 1990 HND, Documentary Photography, Gwent College, Newport, Gwent

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1990 - Documentary Photography, Gwent College, Newport

Solo exhibitions 2013 The Wharf Ars Centre, Tavistock 2009 - End of the Line, Plough Arts Centre,, Torrington 2005 - Stop Lines, Phoenix Arts and Media, Exeter 1999 - Yeovil Arts Centre 1998 - Torbay Hospital 1997 - Admiral Blake Museum, Bridgwater 1995 - Derby Photography Festival 1994 - Bridport Arts Centre 1994 - Islington Arts Factory 1993 - The Watershed, Bristol 1992 - F Stop Gallery, Bath 1991 - Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton

Group exhibitions 2012 - 100 Years of Photography in Newport, University of Wales, Newport 2012 - The Quartz Festival, Queens College, Taunton 2007 - Photography Show, Loplop Gallery, Poole 2002 - Grain, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton 1999 - Carnival, Meeting House, Ilminster 1995 - Brymon Airways and South West Arts, touring Bristol, Plymouth and Newquay airports 1991 - Photography Newport, RPS, Bath 1989 - Somerset through Time, Rural Tour, Somerset

Competitions, prizes and awards 1995 - South West Arts Project Award, South West Arts, Exeter

Educational experience - tertiary 1993 - Part time lecturer, Somerset College of Art and Technology, Taunton

Reviews and Media Coverage: 2013 Devon Life - September Issue; Western Daily Press 19/11/13; Mail Online, November 2013; 7th June 2015 BBC Breakfast and BBC WEBSITE