Bradwell nuclear power station, which is located on the Dengie peninsula in Essex, is no longer in operation. It generated electricity for forty years between 1962 and 2002 and, according to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA), it is currently in the defueling phase of its lifecycle. The preparation phase is now in progress at the site ready for the care and maintenance phase to begin in 2027. This will be followed by the final site clearance and de-licensing due to commence in 2095 with a finish date by 2104. The long term planning of decommissioning Bradwell power station will have a profound affect on generations to come, leading to feelings of uncertainty. The fog in the photographs is a metaphor for this uncertainty as well as the unclear future of the landscape. Decommissioned is a body of work, which explores the relationship between humans and their natural environment and it emphasises the fragility and transience of the landscape. It is a visual exploration of Burkean notion of the sublime combined with contemporary understanding of the concept.
Caro Boulton • Lauren Burton • Valentina Culley-Foster • Anand Damodaran • Laurence Harding • Rebecca Krasnik • Paul Lobban • Rowan Markson • Junko Ogura • Pavla Ondrova • Miles Roberts • Sarah Smith • Kun Song • Peter Stevens • Samuel Taylor • Bindi Vora • Alex Wood • Byoung Joon Yoon • Renée de Nève • Lisa der Weduwe •