Afterword explores the scars of the Industrial Revolution on the landscape of North West Wales; a landscape that has been re-shaped by the large-scale extraction of Slate to feed global demand. Transforming the rural environment of mountains and valleys into an industrial landscape of dark chasms, grey horizons and giant spoil heaps. These photographs encapsulate – through geographic and atmospheric details – the psychological impact of a landscape heavy with absence and loss. Inspired by R.S. Thomas’s poem ‘Other’, Afterword builds a multi-layered narrative reflecting the web of human histories that are entangled in this landscape. Nicholas Holt’s fragmentary images use light and darkness, presence and concealment to suggest that past events cannot be represented in their entirety.
Jeff Black • Thomas Bryant • Anita Chaudhuri • Nicholas Holt • Paul Lewis • Tom Lucas • Annapurna Mellor • Tolly Robinson • Alex Schneideman • Heidi Kawai Smith • Emma Wilson •