Photo: Andrew Parker in Frome, South West

Andrew Parker

Artist, Teacher

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

Location Frome, South West
Activities Adult education, Special needs education, Workshops, Publishing, Exhibitions programme
Artforms / type of project Photography
Tags Landscape, dereliction, England

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  • Not 24 Hours

    01/12/2014 – 24/12/2014
    Photographique, Clare Street, Bristol

    1st - 24th December 2014: 10 pictures of rural filling stations

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